Ford Escort BDG, a popular icon of the 1970s
The Ford Escort arrived on the market in 1967 and quickly became a part of the collective memory of its era as one of the all-purpose racers of the 1970s and 1980s. For a long time, it was the choice of people who wanted a reliable road-going car that was at home in the city as well as racing drivers who won events all over the world in it. A car to discover at the Espíritu de Montjuïc.
The Escort’s popularity never waned and it quickly forged one of the best sets of results in the history of road-going events with victories in the London-Mexico, 1000 Lakes, East African Safari, RAC (British Rally), Mont Blanc, Tour de Belgique and the first European Rallycross Championship among others!
Its story is intimately linked to Cosworth which, in 1969, designed the 1600 cc BDA 4-cylinder engine for the series production Escort, which was also installed in the touring version that raced in Group 2 and Group 4. This engine underwent several evolutions and its ultimate iteration was the BDG whose cubic capacity had been increased to 1975 cc.
The car on display is powered by the BDG engine and epitomises the racing Escort of the 1970s with its wide tyres, wheel arches and small front spoiler.
It is a regular in the Heritage Touring Cup scrapping with its rivals of the era: Alfa Romeo GTAs, BMW 3.0 CSLs etc.
Text: Jean-Philippe Doret / Translation: David Waldron