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Ford Escort Mk II
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Ford Escort Mk II (Brenda). 1974–80 (prod. 1,607,000 approx.). 2- and 4-door saloon, 3-door estate, 2-door panel van. F/R, 1098, 1298, 1599 cm³ (I4 OHV), 1835 cm³ (I4 DOHC), 1993 cm³ (I4 OHC). Squared-off, less aerodynamic update of original Mk I, with boxy body, developed jointly by UK and German teams. More glass area and luggage space, with better ride, though very conventional. RS1800 with Cosworth BDA engine and made from 1975 to 1977; superseded by RS2000, which was more of a marketing exercise with the two-litre Pinto engine. RS2000 with four-headlamp slanted plastic nose; Australian RSs (with a detuned version of the Pinto engine) bore the same front end—even the four-door models, making them unique to that country. Estate and panel van continued with same rear ends. Australia also sold a Sundowner model, based on the panel van, with round windows at the back.

Manufacturing locations: Halewood, Merseyside, England; Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany; Cork, Ireland; Homebush, NSW, Australia

Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Escort | Predecessor: Ford Escort Mk I | Successor: Ford Escort Mk III, Ford Laser (1980–5)

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