"The Ford Escort made its show debut at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968 and quickly became a huge success worldwide. The squarer-styled Escort Mk. II appeared in January 1975 with the first production models having rolled off the production lines on 2nd December 1974. Unlike the first Escort, which was developed by Ford of Britain, the second generation was developed jointly between the UK and Ford Germany.
This 1979 Ford Escort 1600 Sport was imported from South Africa to the United Kingdom in 2018. The South African models were originally built in Halewood, England and then assembled in Silverton, South Africa from late 1975 until 1980. Early in 1979, the 1600 Sport was launched, featuring a two-door body shell, revised gear ratios and a sporty look, using the 1600 motor proving to become a highly popular vehicle to the present day. The 'One Six Double O' Sport was the bestselling car in South Africa in 1980.
Originally registered in South Africa in 1979, this Escort is finished in orange with a black and grey interior and is described by the current owner as being in very good conditions throughout. The vehicle was restored when it was imported to the United Kingdom and the current owner spent over £10,000 on works including a new gearbox, clutch, heater matrix, new exhaust system, engine rebuilt with new head gasket , new Cibie lights, new wheels, new braking system, new carpets, new fuel pump and new alternator. The electrics were also rewired. Supplied with its V5C Registration document, the current MoT test certificate is valid until December 2019. Desirable classic Fords are in high demand; this Ford Escort is now ready for someone to step into and enjoy."