The subsequent generation of Escort was a Mazda, sibling to the Protegé and 323, but this car was all Ford. The engine in this car is the 1.9-liter SOHC hemi-head straight-four, which made 86 horsepower in 1986.
Manual transmissions were cheaper than automatics during the middle 1980s, but the optional equipment in this car (e.g., air conditioning, AM radio) indicates that its original purchaser probably preferred driving a three-pedal car and wasn't just a cheapskate.
Bought new in Boulder, will be crushed 30 miles away and 31 years later in Denver.
The idea of a small station wagon with two-digit horsepower and a manual transmission seems absurd in 2017, but this car had plenty of competition when new.