We're endlessly fascinated by European Fords. We never got the chance to drive many of them, despite sharing the same Ford badge that we are used to seeing here in America.
In other cases, as in the Granada and Escort, we had cars that shared names with European models, but were much different. Top Gear's Philippines site recently shared a list of 11 interesting Euro Ford concepts, most of which never saw the light of day. Here are a few of our favorites. In America, it was a large luxury sedan and european escort luxury coupe.
Overseas, it served much the same purpose, albeit in a more traditionally European form. It wouldn't be until we were deep into the s that America's definition of automotive luxury began to change.
We agree with Top Gear when they say that this Granada coupe would have offered an interesting alternative to the contemporary BMW 6 Series. Unfortunately, it was european escort to be, and the European Granada remained a sedan-only model throughout its run. In America, the Escort was a bargain basement econobox, while in Europe, it was a far more dynamically engaging car, especially in performance trim.
Princess Diana owned a series of Ford Escorts. When her security detail deemed her red Escort XR3i cabrio to be a little too high profile and dangerous, Ford stepped up with a europea cool solution. Five thousand were built, and you could have it in european escort color you liked, so long as it was white.
Unless, that is, you were royalty. Two were built for Princess Diana european escort one for her, and one for a decoy — while the third went to a London newspaper publisher. Starting with an Escort XR3, Ford added a turbocharger — and converted the car to rear wheel drive.
The goal was to build something of an ultimate rally weapon, but that plan never materialized. Of course, the awesome RS is one heck of a consolation prize.
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Besides the two prototypes seen here, nothing really came of the RST program, and that's a shame. First, though, those giant spoilers and airdams had to be europwan.
You're looking at the mule. Apparently, the aero upgrades alone shaved a full three seconds off of an otherwise stock XR4i's 'Ring time.
The to Merkur European escort sold here was quite similar, with one notable exception being the engine. Instead of europesn normally aspirated V6, Americanized Sierras received the 2. For Merkur fans, Cosworth body parts are a popular upgrade.
We can understand why. For the latest news, follow us on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.