Ford Escort Mk1 1300E, Amber Gold
Item code: VA09518
The E for Executive badge, so successful on the Mk2 Cortina 1600E, was revived to create a luxury Escort aimed at buyers downsizing in the fuel conscious early seventies. Officially launched on 1st March 1973, the 1300E was based on the 1300GT and used the GT's mildly tuned engine, close-ratio gearbox, six-dial dash, disc brakes and rectangular headlamps. The interior featured American cherry veneer cappings on the doors, dashboard and glovebox while externally a black vinyl roof, chrome driving lights, side repeaters and an AVO Custom Pack coach-line were standard. A total of 10,856 1300Es were manufactured in two years with Amber Gold examples only being produced between February and October 1973.
The 1300E modelled was originally purchased by Mr George W. Barlow of Lymm, Cheshire, on October 16th 1973 from Ford dealers Knutsford Motors, Chester Way, Northwich. On his passing in 2004 it was bequeathed to the Daventry Motor Museum which, unfortunately, closed down in 2008. It was then purchased by a collector in Ireland who commissioned a high quality re-spray because the paint was faded and brought this very low mileage example back to perfect condition. It is now owned by enthusiast Eric Elliot from Nottinghamshire who purchased it in 2012 at a Brightwell's auction because the family of his wife Claire (née Malkinson) had owned the registration plate '1300 E' for almost sixty years and fitting it to a real 1300E seemed appropriate.
Engine: 1298cc 4IL OHV
Max Speed: 94mph