The old adage that whatever you race on Sunday, sells on Monday has always been true; people like to be associated with winners, or at least contenders who make a good show. Ford has always been very good at monetizing race wins into car sales, and this case was no exception. Meet the 1970 Ford Escort Mexico, which remained in production until 1974. It was offered with a distinctive livery, so that other motorists would know what you have, but in fact was very close to the standard, mere-mortal version that most people had to do with. It had, of course, a superior engine, and benefited from upgraded, Rallye-inspired brakes and suspension. What they had in droves was what all Escorts from that time did: plenty of driving enjoyment and unparalleled reliability.
The Ford Escort Mexico was powered by Ford’s excellent 1.6-liver overhead valve four cylinder engine, which allowed it a top speed of 100 miles per hour, and a 0-60 acceleration time of about 10 seconds. Complete with bucket seats, extra-wide alloy wheels (for the time) and extra Rally-style headlights, the Escort Mexico was something to behold, and Ford sold this special edition giddily and enthusiastically.
Over the four years it remained in production, over 10,000 of the Ford Escort Mexico were made. It is a testament to their enduring popularity that many of them are still on the road – or in garages! – today.