You can now buy a brand new Ford Escort Mk2
Ford stopped making the Escort Mk2 40 years ago, but Britain’s MST Cars is building these little legends again.
The North Wales-based company says it will build 12 cars a year with a choice of engines, transmissions, suspension and bodywork. For power the car can be specified with a Duratec, Millington, or BDG engine mated to an H-pattern or sequential manual gearbox which, of course, sends power to the rear wheels, just as it did in the ’70s.
Each Escort will be fully customized for its owner using a standard or wide body, and a choice of stripped-back rally-style interior or one that’s trimmed for a little more comfort.
The car you see in the pictures is the first testbed, built with a 2.0-liter Duratec engine, ATR throttle bodies, Atlas rear axle, AP Racing brakes, and Bilstein coilover dampers. The born-again classic looks super clean with its glowing red paintwork and dinky gold Minilite alloys. MST says that it will also be making Mk1 Escorts, with its first car ready soon.
Prices start from £78,000 including taxes, which equates to $106,000 or about twice the cost of a decent original RS2000. Of course, you do get modern mechanicals, a brand-new shell, and many hours of loving Welsh labor for your money.