Ford Fair 2019: Classics & Retro

When it comes to classic, retro and old skool Fords it’s the Escort that’s still the king. Outnumbering even Fiestas by what seems like ten to one. I believe that for a time the Escort was Britain’s best selling car - a title now held by the Fiesta. I suspect the increasing size of cars has lead to this shift.

It does make me wonder what the classic scene will look like in 20, 30 or even 40 years time. I hope I’m not wrong in thinking that although the majority of regular cars will at some point be electric, combustion vehicles will still be very much a thing and perhaps with the development of synthetic petrol, able to continue with the only environmental impact being the temporary aural one.

Interesting to see was the age of car that you might call “Modern Classics” - mid 80s to mid 90s are not all highly sought after RS models. There were also a few perfectly preserved examples of cars that you might not expect to see - such as the base model Mk3 Escort and the Mk5 XR3i. The Mk5 was never really a loved Escort even in its RS form, so it’s good to see such a specimen kept to such a high standard.


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