Usually, buying a high-priced escort means not traveling solo, and ensuring a good time. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe wants to know if it's a good time to hook up with a low-priced Escort, or, to go it alone?
While 60% of you found yesterday's salvage title Elise to be nicely priced at $19,500, most everyone tempered their vote with the demand for a thorough test drive - lasting 3 or 4 days and involving many twisty canyon roads and Scarlett Johansson in the passenger seat - you know, for weight balance.
Less engaging, but at a tenth the price, is today's candidate, and its title doesn't appear to carry the stench of infelicity that having salvage emblazoned upon it imparts. No, this 1985 Escort is not only straight as Gene Simmons, but, as it is only lightly optioned, there's little to go wrong with it even if it weren't.
It's rare to see an Escort from the Reagan years outside of the junkyard, but this road-worthy relic presents itself well. The seller states that it has but 60K on the clock, and explains the reason is that it was stored for 10 years. Who would sock away a base Ford Escort for 10 years? You probably don't want to know. Imagine all the other memorabilia they have squirreled away awaiting a future where exiguity drives appreciation by retro-happy buyers- cases of Urkelos, MC Hammer CDs, Alexander Haig biographies, and multiple copies of that Penthouse with Tonya Harding in it. Eeewwww.
But if you're looking for honest, efficient, American-made transportation, this time capsule would fit the bill nicely. It comes with A/C to keep the summer at bay, and heat to ensure you keep your toes during winter drives. The sunroof is a singular nod to frivolity, and the rest of the car, down to the simple paddle mirrors screwed to each door, speaks of frugality and an egalitarian aesthetic. The deep ebony paint and edgy red pinstripe, along with the three-spoke rims, make the car look like it would have been right at home as the chief protagonist's ride in any number of John Hughes teen steamers.
Unspoken, but of importance, is the drivetrain. As the car is a base model - a pony? - it's likely it has the 69-bhp 1.6 litre CVH four cylinder and MTX II "fuel saver" 4 speed. That utilitarian combination provided the only performance statistic worth mentioning on this old Ford, which is mileage that extends into the 40s, on regular gas.
And what does this claimed rust-free, mechanically sound, blast from the past cost you ask? Well, unlike many holders of what used to be plentiful but were culled by attrition cars, this seller has priced his Escort service at at a based-in-reality $1,900. Add to that a one-way bus ticket to the land of Lincoln, and before you know it, you'll be escorted home by a fine old Ford.
So, what do you think of $1,900 for this '85 Escort? Is that a price that makes you want to say that you've driven a Ford lately? Or, does anything over free for an old Escort smack of a sting operation?