The Ford Escort Mk 2 was launched on the market in 1975. It was a decisive evolution compared to the Escort Mk 1 presented at the 1968 Brussels Motor Show. The previous version retained the high quality mechanics but was completely revised in the design that he interpreted the aesthetic and stylistic taste of the 70s. The product range was also much wider, comprising three body variants (2-door, 4-door and the original 3-door station wagon), five engines and numerous trim levels and configurations. Produced mainly in the German factories of the Ford Group, it had a good commercial success. In addition to the more functional versions, there was also an Escort Sport version characterized by a more aggressive look and a markedly sporty interior. Finally, the RS 1800 version with 115 HP twin-shaft engine was also presented, which formed the basis for the special version used in the Rally world championship and which achieved significant results. Swedish duo Waldegård Björn - Thorszelius Hans, who finished second at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally in 1979, won the World Rally Championship at the end of the year. The Motosport team also achieved excellent results with the pair Mikkola Hannu - Hertz Arnee who finished fifth in the Monegasque event.
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