It's not clear how many, if any, of the half-dozen Mk1 Escorts used to make the film were "real" RSs, but they were all reputedly scrapped afterward, to the consternation of enthusiasts. Ford's Escort went on to become likely the winning-est rally car of all time. And despite its less-than-adventurous original specifications, evolved through five generations to become the best-selling car ever in Britain, with sales topping four million.
German-built versions proved popular in Europe, and it was also sold in other world markets. The Escort name came to North America in , bolted to Ford's first front-driver sold here.
The Escort was replaced by the Focus in , ending a year run, during which 20 million had been sold worldwide. Not recognizable, to just about anybody, anywhere, is the Jenson Interceptor, built by Jensen Motors Ltd. The company was created by bespoke body-building brothers Alan and Richard Jensen, who initially produced custom coachwork mounted on other makes' running gear, before producing their first car in Following the war years, the Jensens returned to the car business with a large and lavish model called the PW, but built only 19 before moving on to produce the first Interceptor in This, too, was an extravagant luxury model, built as a convertible and four-door sedan, with an odd semicircular grille, but fewer than were built up to The mids aero-look followed in , featuring a fibreglass body with attention-grabbing styling — an oval flap opened to admit air to the rad in place of open grille-work — and was propelled by a four-litre, hp, Austin inline-six.
Only were made. A similar number of CV8s, luxury GT cars that followed in , powered by 6. The Interceptor's striking — and steel once again — bodywork was created by Touring of Italy, and it, too, was propelled courtesy of Chrysler, in later versions by its hp, 7.
The four used in the movie were powered by General Motors V-8s. The Interceptor was also the world's first production all-wheel-drive car, FF versions being fitted with the Ferguson Formula system, and also Dunlop's Maxaret anti-lock braking system. Jensen built 6, of these and almost 11, Jensen-Healey sports cars before closing its doors in Attempts are under way to revive the name. Send your automotive questions to globedrive globeandmail.
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