One of the most well loved performance cars in Europe, the Ford Escort never caught on stateside. Now, an Automotive Design graduate from Coventry University is trying to change that. Rajesh Kutty's Ford Escort MK1 concept brings modern retro design to the classic coke-bottle shape. The 1967 original featured downsized design cues from American muscle cars, throwing a few original ideas into the mix. The Mk1's dog bone grill is carried over, but hides behind driving lights inspired by the Escort's rally success. The concept's shape and headlights in particular remind us of the Connaught Type-D, could the original Escort have been an influence on that car's design? One more picture after the jump.

[via Shoutwire]