Classic Fords being built in garages, workshops and on driveways!
The Grech family’s latest project is this Corsair, which is getting Lotus power.
If the Grech family collection of a Zetec Anglia Estate and Lotus Cortina (page 54) are a little run of the mill for you, how about Sebastian’s other project, a Lotus Corsair?
Having been working on it since May 2012 the build is finally nearing completion, mostly just having to wait on the relevant paperwork with which to register the car for use on Malta’s roads. A sound car with no rust, it was an ideal project that’s awesome and unusual in equal measure.
As you can probably guess, the Lotus connection goes much deeper than the bodywork with a proper, well-worked twin-cam heart at the centre of this Corsair build. Two things are certain: it makes the Lotus Cortina look common in comparison and you’ll be seeing a full feature in Classic Ford in due course...
Car: Mk1 Escort
It might be a bit of a cliché, but old school Fords really do get under your skin. Nothing illustrates this better than Darren Palmer’s 22-year Mk1 Escort build. Darren was a fan of the cars before he was old enough to get behind the wheel, but a motorcycle accident early in his driving career left him with life changing injuries and unable to drive easily drive a manual. Not one to be put off so easily, Darren set to work with his father (Vic) and brother (Mark), combining their efforts and skills to build a very special Escort indeed. Its 2-litre Pinto is connected to the autobox from a Sierra, with a pair of twin 40 carbs and a Fast Road cam fitted to make things interesting. It’s taken a long time to get the car back on the road but it’s all been worth it — especially now Darren has a twin 40 soundtrack!