Old Fords Never Die – New Escort Mark II shells?

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It seems, as the saying goes, old Fords will never die. This week ReallyMeanSounds.com learned that a leading car dismantler from Northern Ireland has begun importing brand new, reproduction shells for the Ford Escort Mark II. Yes, that trusty, but often rusty stalwart of the classic car scene has been given a life life as a whole host of pristine body panels become available.

Escort Mark II shells

The company, Higgins Car Dismantlers, have sourced a company in China to supply not just new Mark II shells, but also boots, wings, doors and bonnets. Basically, near enough everything needed to build a new car. The enduring popularity of the Ford Escort, coupled with a dwindling supply of news bits had meant that second hand shells and panels commanded a premium price. However, this new supply has opened up a world of possibility to owners keen to breathe new life into their old Ford.

Escort Mark II shells

It’s slightly surreal seeing new shells for a car that went out of production over 30 years ago. However, the concept itself is not new. British Heritage have been producing shells for Minis, MGBs, Sprites and Midgets for a number of years now. In many ways, it surprising it’s taken so long to see an iconic car like the Ford Escort Mark II benefit from the same treatment.

As the technology and knowhow clearly exists, the question is – what car next?

Old Fords Never Die - New Escort Mark II shells?

 

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Rocko 11:20 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
Look @Paul RS and @Mark King an old, not rusty Ford.
Paul RS 11:23 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
| Look @Paul RS and @Mark King an old, not rusty Ford.
Made in China.... You sure about that?
Paul RS 11:25 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
| It's been known for a while, but they have arrived now for viewings. Higgins car dismantlers have had branch new MK2 escort shells made in China and shipped over. £7000 for a complete shell with all panels, which IMO is a fair price given the work involved in restoring rotten cars. So, who's going to be the first to buy one? Could you build it as a kit car and register it as new?
You can transfer a cars ID legally if you use a brand new shell. Every component from the original car is worth points, engine, transmission etc. If you can accumulate enough points by swapping parts from the original car, the shell can take that cars ID
KeithRobinson 11:32 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
The china thing wouldn't put me off, 90% of consumer products are made in China and these days the factories are state of the art. Fresh paint, pumped with wax, these would be an awesome alternative to using 1.3GL shell's and a legal way to re-shell.
gary87 11:45 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
Prime for putting a more modern engine if you wanted a ground up build without the gamble of buying an older car and it not being completely rotten.
David.S 11:57 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
| You can transfer a cars ID legally if you use a brand new shell. Every component from the original car is worth points, engine, transmission etc. If you can accumulate enough points by swapping parts from the original car, the shell can take that cars ID
A lot of people try this with Series 1 Land Rovers, buy one and add a defender to the chassis and its now tax and mot exempt. It can be a minefield and be very hard to get the approval required. Might be easier with a rebuild using old original parts but not sure if you used new parts?
Ben 6 12:07 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
So basically, in the case above, you could have a fairly new defender that is MOT and tax exempt?
Mr.Mint 12:12 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
| You can transfer a cars ID legally if you use a brand new shell. Every component from the original car is worth points, engine, transmission etc. If you can accumulate enough points by swapping parts from the original car, the shell can take that cars ID
Or you could just transfer them across and say nowt :oops:
Coog 12:12 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
| So basically, in the case above, you could have a fairly new defender that is MOT and tax exempt?
Gives you more money for the constant repairs I guess. Heritage shells available for quite a few old British sports cars too.
Eager 12:14 | Thu 26 Nov, 2015 | Report
Seen these on bakebook. Curious about quality but cool all the same and I am sure def suitable for rally use


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