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Ford Escort MK1 twin cam 1969
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This is a look alike of the Roger Clark 1969 Tour of Ireland Twin Cam.
The family have owned this car from new. The car has been used and abused by the present owner, being used in track days and hill climbs.
The Ford Escort Twin Cam's birth was created out of the demise of the Cortina MK2 Lotus, with over capacity of engines, the Twin Cam (TC) was designed at Ford Motor Company's Halewood Plant in Liverpool, Mersyside. A higher performance version for rallies and racing was available, the Escort Twin Cam, built for Group 2 international rallying. It had an engine with a Lotus-made eight-valve twin camshaft head fitted to the 1.5 non-crossflow block, which had a bigger bore than usual to give a capacity of 1,557 cc. This engine had originally been developed for the Lotus Elan. Production of the Twin Cam, which was originally produced at Halewood, was phased out as the Cosworth-engined RS1600 (RS denoting Rallye Sport) production began.
The Mark I Escorts became successful as a rally car, and they eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. From it’s launch in 1968, the Ford Escort Mk1 Twin Cam was remarkably successful, helping Ford to gain victory at numerous rallies, including a hat-trick at the Danish Rally. Ford engineered the Escort was lighter than the Lotus Cortina, and its agile handling, excellent balance and stiff body made it an important part of Ford’s winning rally strategies.