Reader Submissions: This Ford Was Restored From Rust-bucket to Rally Beauty

This Ford Was Restored From Rust-bucket to Rally Beauty

By Petrolicious Productions
June 16, 2014

Owner: Pedro Tome Narciso

Year, Make, and Model: 1971 Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 (E21)

Location: Leiria, Portugal

Photographer: Diana Paraíso

I became interested in cars because of my parents. They have a company called “Stand Ritmo” that repairs and sells cars. Since I was little I was always surrounded by modern and classic cars. I watched and learned from my father. Today I’m a mechanic and I work in my family’s company.

When I found this car, it was in a scrap yard ready to be crushed. I bought the car in 2000 and it took me about eight years to transform the Escort from a heap of rust to this full-spec Group 4 Rally racer. And I executed the restoration myself. I studied every detail in a meticulous way, and made sure that it was the way I wanted it and correct. I bought it because of the beauty in its lines and because of the racing pedigree that this model has. The sixteen valve Cosworth power plant didn’t hurt, either. It’s nice to know that I really saved it from being recycled.

The Escort is a joy to drive anywhere and drive it as much as possible, but I especially love driving it on go-kart tracks. It’s really agile and super-fun. It’s just a great car. I have another one awaiting restoration but this time it is an Escort MK2.

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Fernando pereira
Fernando pereira
7 years ago

Lindo parabéns.
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7 years ago

Great build!

7 years ago

Too bad the most important part is missing, a picture before restoration…

7 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

@Daniel-in my search online for a before picture of this car i ran across the following restoration of a 71 ford capri V8 in same color, gunston orange, with before during n after pics. these cars should be stablemates!

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle(@mosler)
7 years ago

You guys have done a very wonderful job on this car. I love the color, wheels, and the extra lights on the front of the car. Its such a shame that we got the North America Ford Escort which will never be as cool as this car is.

7 years ago

why is the before photo a mk II

Joseph Alessio
Joseph Alessio(@elysianfields)
7 years ago
Reply to  Adam

I believe that’s his next project as opposed to the prior – in the last sentence he mentions a MkII waiting for the same treatment.

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa(@genovevo)
7 years ago

Mais uma bela máquina! Great job!