I’m somewhat surprised that a Mercury Lynx (rebadged Ford Escort) would have survived the years of enthalpy, entropy, teenagers, grandparents, and cash-for-clunkers in any shape…much less the pristine condition of the one we see today. Wow. Staggering, for such a miserable penalty box of an automobile. I’m not saying that the Lynx (in DIESEL!) would […]
This next car is the ultimate example of the car you show your kids when they get a C in high school chemistry class. “Listen little Jonny, this is the car you are going to drive when you grow up because you won’t be able to afford a Porsche on the salary you’ll get as […]
This next car won’t impress your neighbors much…and it won’t save the planet. But what it will do is haul your kayak to the river and dodge cones at your local autocross track…and that ain’t bad for a car that’ll be invisible to all but a fraction of the population. Find this 1994 Ford Escort […]
The US version of the Ford Escort was not as well loved as the European version, which is a cult classic over on the other side of the world…but the US Escort was about as forgettable as a mild case of hand, foot and mouth disease. However, I can’t help but feel a pang of […]
DT continues our countdown of 12 econoboxes that are inspired by this vintage Car and Driver comparison article. The twelve sub $10k (when new in 1992 and equipped with air conditioning, a rear defroster, and an AM/FM radio) cars were ranked by an assortment of college kids, and this next one is number 6. Today’s […]
In the 1980s if you wanted to add performance to a car, the recipe was simple. Ignore those pesky and complicated engine and transmission parts and focus on aesthetics. What you need is a color matched body kit. I guess you could also add a High Output designation to the monster 1.9 liter fuel injected […]
The North American Ford Escort was a pile of miserable steaming…oh…hi. I didn’t expect Ford Escort Owners Club of North America board members to read this website…errr…let me try again. The North American Ford Escort wasn’t as scrumptious as the European Escort, but you don’t really see them on the road anymore. However, I think […]
When I first received this tip with a rave review from DT regular Art C, I thought perhaps Art needed his CO2 detectors checked for function…but then I spent some more time examining the curves of this appliance white Escort and decided that I like it. Perhaps I got a computer virus from the tip? Anyway, some words of wisdom from Art: I don’t know why, but I want to buy this. I think it’s the blue interior combined with a manual wagon that is making me a little hot and steamy…Seriously though, this thing looks to be in GREAT shape! It’s a shame that motor is a dog and ford 90s build quality left something to be desired. Guaranteed to be the only one in your neighborhood though. Find this 1994 Ford Escort LX Wagon offered for $3,450 in Bristol, CT via craigslist.
Anybody who lived through the 1980s in the USA will have memories of the the North American first generation Ford Escort (1981-1990). Those memories will certainly be mixed…some good, some bad…but our squishy grey lobes tend to suppress the bad things; but DT is here to help recover some of those negative memories. First, you learned your first full set of curse words from your Mom when it wouldn’t start for the third time in a week. You also learned to dress for rain when the electrical system stopped working in November 1987. And finally, you learned why your Dad started buying only Japanese cars in 1990. But if you want to relive some of the good experiences in a Ford Escort…then you should buy the best preserved Escort you’ll ever see for less than four large. Find this 1985 Ford Escort Hatchback offered for $3,700 in Dallas, TX via craigslist.
The Ford Escort was a small family car that was legendary for its durability, performance (relatively speaking) and general awesomeness…but that was in Europe and around the world in places that Ford deemed worthy like Australia and New Zealand…but in the US of A, we had to wait until 1981 when a “for us, by […]