chapel New Reader
March 6, 2013 4:07 p.m.

I'm writing a series on retro fords for the US Ford Focus ST campaign:

I'm trying to show a brief annotated history with photos of how Ford was doing 'compact performance' prior to the ST and how Ford UK/Europe had their path and Ford US had it's path and how they eventually converge.

Ford has provided me with some photos to use, but I'd love to feature some of the rides that you guys run.

If you or someone you know would like to submit your car, hit me up. I'd love to run it. I'd also be pointing traffic back to GRM with any submission (particularly if it's a build thread)

Give my stuff a read. Try not to be too hard. I'm trying to keep the reader's attention where I can and not slide off into random anorak obscurity.

Here are some of the cars I'm looking for:

1975 Escort RS Mexico Mk2

1976 Escort RS2000 Mk2

1976 Escort RS2000 Series X

1977 Capri II RS (USA)

1979 Mustang Turbo (USA)

1981 Escort RS1600i Mk3

1982 Escort RS1700T

1983 Escort Turbo (USA)

1983 Escort XR3i Mk3

1984 Escort RS Turbo

1984 Mustang SVO (USA)

1984 EXP Turbo Coupe (USA)

1985 Sierra RS Cosworth

1985 RS200

1985 Merkur XR4ti

1986 Escort RS Turbo Mk4

1986 Escort XR3i Mk4

1987 Sierra RS500

1988 Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth

1990 Sierra Sapphire 4x4 RS Cosworth

1990 Fiesta RS Turbo

1991 Escort GT

1992 Escort RS Cosworth

1992 Fiesta RS 1800

1996 Escort RS2000 Mk VI

Sultan HalfDork
March 6, 2013 9:40 p.m.

I have an 86' Bronco 2 yet I don't think it really fits what you are looking for

iceracer UberDork
March 7, 2013 10:15 a.m.

'99-2000 ZX2SR

yamaha UltraDork
March 7, 2013 10:18 a.m.

Bar of soap falcons and the original mustang should be included, as they were both small cars in their day.....and meant for the same market.

Might want to look into the Cortina and MK1 escorts as well.....

chapel New Reader
March 7, 2013 1:13 p.m.
yamaha wrote: Bar of soap falcons and the original mustang should be included, as they were both small cars in their day.....and meant for the same market. Might want to look into the Cortina and MK1 escorts as well.....

I've already run Falcon, Cortina and Mk1 Escort articles, but if you've got one, I could revisit it with a reader ride article.

Here are the articles I've already run:

1963 Lotus Cortina Mk1

1963 Falcon Sprint

1966 Cortina Lotus Mk2

1968 Escort Twin Cam

1970 Escort RS1600

1970 Escort RS Mexico

1970 Capri RS2600

1972 Ford Pinto

1973 Escort RS2000

1973 Capri RS3100

1974 Mustang II

1975 Escort RS1800 Mk2

Here's a list of OTHER cars I will do as well. Was just trying to keep my first list of requests small.

1998 Contour SVT

1999 Escort ZX2

2001 Focus SVT

2002 Focus ST170

2002 Focus RS

2005 Focus ST Mk2

2009 Focus RS Mk2

2010 Focus RS500

2013 Focus ST

yamaha UltraDork
March 7, 2013 1:19 p.m.

Ahh, gotcha......I cannot help with any of those. I ended up in SHO's instead.

aussiesmg UltimaDork
March 7, 2013 7:46 p.m.

This is my list of cars if I ever win the Lottery, add a Ford GT and it would be perfect

Powar Dork
March 8, 2013 7:26 a.m.

I could get you into contact with the owner of this car, an EXP Turbo:

He's an active poster on the EXP/LN7 forum, and that car is very impressively restored.

chapel New Reader
March 8, 2013 8:23 a.m.

that would be great. EXPs are IMPOSSIBLE to find. Also, trying desperately to find an Escort Turbo (USA)

iceracer UberDork
March 8, 2013 9:27 a.m.

ZX2's look the same from '98 to '02.

mattmacklind UltimaDork
March 8, 2013 11:09 a.m.

I spotted a mint EXP last weekend on the other side of the highway. Couldn't believe my eyes. May have been a Mercury version, come to think of it, an LN7?

chapel New Reader
March 8, 2013 1:54 p.m.
iceracer wrote: ZX2's look the same from '98 to '02.

sorry, I should elaborate. doesn't have to be EXACTLY that model year. Just putting a 'first year' to it so that I can keep my spreadsheet in order

Powar Dork
March 11, 2013 8:55 a.m.

Email sent. I got in touch with the EXP Turbo owner.

N Sperlo UltimaDork
March 11, 2013 9:05 a.m.

Check my garage. My 99 Zx2 was kind of beat up. good from behind, though.

I got a few Foci at the 100 Acre rally in the woods. If any fit the bill, I'd be happy to share. It'll take sifting through about 750 pictures, though.

Also have one sweet factory '08 Focus and my 91 Ranger has the heart of a pinto.

chapel New Reader
March 11, 2013 9:08 a.m.

got it! thanks!

I've been trying to locate 83-84 Turbo Escorts for YEARS now:

Sky_Render Dork
March 11, 2013 9:21 a.m.

I've got lots of shots of S197 Mustangs if you're interested, but I'm assuming that's not going to help you.

chapel New Reader
March 11, 2013 1:24 p.m.

Yeah, we're focusing mainly on the smaller Fords. MOSTLY 4 and 6 cylinders.

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