Junkyard Find: 1986 Ford Escort GT

Ford started using the Escort name way back in the middle 1950s, with the name going on a cheap version of the Ford Anglia wagon. the true Escort hit the streets of Europe in 1967, and this small rear-wheel-drive car sold by the millions over there. For 1981, the Escort went to front-wheel-drive, and the idea was that everyone in the world would be able to buy what amounted to the same car. All of Ford’s competitors would just give up, and the Blue Oval would soon rule the globe.

1986 Ford Escort GT in Colorado junkyard, RH rear view – ©2022 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

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Car ads of the middle 1980s were heavy on the synths and whooshing noises.

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