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click above image to get a closer view of this 1:87 scale 1981 Ford Escort

While Automobile Magazine is pondering the return of the Ford Escort, I can't help but remember the original. I remember carpooling to school with our neighbor who had one without a working heater and writing our names in the frost that developed on the windows. I remember a former boss who was told by a welder that not only would his shop not weld a trailer hitch on my boss's Escort, but that no one should smoke in the car before the rusted-out gas tank was replaced. Ahhh, the Escort.

So, of course, when I spotted this 1:87 scale replica of the (in)famous 1981 Ford Escort in white (was there any other color?), I quickly ponied up my $3. Coincidentally, this is more than I'd ever pay for a full-size version. The model is a pretty good rendering of Ford's iconic econocar as they were just before leaving the dealer parking lot. No rust, no smoke billowing from the tailpipe, just the promise of an American-built, gas-saving hatchback.

The 1981 Ford Escort comes with the covered display case seen here and is made by Fresh Cherries, the same guys who brought you the Mustang II and Gremlin we told you about a while back. We're still patiently waiting on the Fuego.

[Photo: Chris Tutor / Autoblog]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Who um, cares about this? Anybody? No? Right then.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I still remember seeing the commercials for the Escort just before Ford was willing to show the car off to the world. The commercials showed a car draped in an American flag driving around. Then they finally played the commercial in which the flag was removed and it was such a let down, lol! Talk about anti-climactic endings.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I moved to Manhattan I sold my Miata and picked up an '84 Escort. I loved it for many useful reasons. It always worked. It did very well in the snow & ice. It worked going through water up to the doors. It was faded red. I put lots of stickers on the back, and kept the inside a mess. I never locked it, it was never stolen or broken into. I never had to give a crap about it and it was highly reliable. Can't beat that for $850.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but comparing the Escort to the same year Civic is like comparing an apple to... tofurkey. Heh, heh.

      I had a 1981 Escort wagon and a 1986 Escort. They both were good cars for what I paid for them, but my next car a 1986 Civic CRX Si was so much better.

      From the stainless steel emergency brake cables that never seized up, to the small tray underneath the master cylinder that caught and redirected spilled brake fluid away from anything it would harm, to the clip that held the antennae wire in its place and out of the way underneath the dash. That car was well-thought-out in ways most people never even realized.

      While the Escorts were great in the snow and got good gas mileage, they went through sparkplug wires like no tomorrow.

      I can still remember the joy of hunting down a vacuum line leak that had pulled off the air filter housing. All in all a good car but the CRX was fantastic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re Bryan,

      Escorts got a "facelift" in '88...that's when they went to "plastic" bumpers.

      In '89 I was looking to get a new car and since I hadn't given up on the domestics, I went and looked at an Escort GT. The dealer I went to had two red ones. One was in the showroom...it was shiny outside, but looked like a well used Kleenex on the inside, while the other had almost no miles on it. When I went to get into the driver's seat...I didn't fit. The tilt steering wheel STALK dug into the inside of my right knee and I was all but able to steer with my knees. I went and looked at a Civic. The dealers were padding the Hatchbacks with all sorts of superflous add-ons to jack up the prices so I figured I needed to look elsewhere. Then a saleswoman came out and asked me if I would be interested in a stripped/no options but air conditioning 4 door. It turns out that the 4 doors weren't selling so well at the time and all Honda dealers were struggling to get rid of them...my lucky day. It's been pretty much Honda products ever since.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, you also brought back memories of the oil burning engines! thanks

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      • 8 Years Ago
      My parents purchased a used 1984 4 door 4spd in 1987(?).
      It was that great 80's burgandy colour which carried into the interior. IIRC there wasn't a centre seat belt in the rear seat, it burned a bit of oil (I recall mom putting more oil in once and then drive 300km with the oil cap off, that smelled bad).

      I don't think the car ever let us down, and the Toyota dealer gave my parents $100 for it when we traded it in 1992 for a 4wd Corolla wagon.