If you love classic Fords, you’ll need to head to our Grimsby showroom right now! For a very limited time, you’ll be able to see a selection of the company’s best-loved vehicles, including an Escort Cosworth and a Model T – the car that revolutionised transport. Ford’s heritage fleet is in high demand and will be going elsewhere very soon, so don’t delay if you’d like to look at some of the best gems in the company’s back catalogue.
One of the stars of Ford’s fleet is the mk1 Escort RS1600, which holds a special place in the hearts of rally fans of a certain age. This car was driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally, which it went on to win. It kick-started Ford’s impressive rally teams that drove the mk5 Escort through the 90s.
Grimsby is also showcasing another Escort that might’ve caught your eye. The purple one is an Escort Cosworth, originally produced to allow Ford to compete in the rally championship – 2,500 road-going versions needed to be made. The car’s popularity and cult following meant Ford ended up making more. With its classic whale-tail spoiler and 224hp engine, the Cosworth was instantly noticeable and seriously quick. Unfortunately, it was also pretty quick to get into the wrong hands – thieves pounced upon it almost immediately.
Now’s also your chance to see a genuine hypercar. The Ford GT is completely sold out, but we’ve got one for a couple of days. Its 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine is very similar to the one in the GT that won Le Mans, but kicks out 650hp in road car spec. Come and gawp at its amazing buttresses and aerodynamic additions before it goes!
Parking a GT next to a Model T shows just how far we’ve come. The Model T was sold for almost 20 years and was easily the most popular car in America. At one point, half the cars sold were Model Ts. Up until the car’s release, production was slow, laborious and hand-finished, but Henry Ford introduced a production line method that simplified and sped up the process no end.
Which of these stunning cars are you most excited to see?