New Kid on the Block: The Ford Escort in the 60s & 70s


“The small car that isn’t”, “the successor”, “the new kid on the block”.

The opening chapter of the Ford Escort story really starts with the closing eulogy of the Ford Anglia. The Anglia had ruled Britain’s roads for, well, an awful long time. And with its popularity, American looks and (on the latest model) reversed angle rear window it was already an icon. Even amongst those who don’t really care for car culture, a recognisable one.

How were Ford going to replace such a commercially successful, everyday hero?