I believe this car started life as a Terracotta Ford Escort Linnet, which was built only for the Irish market. Consequently this is a rare car, as very few of these models are still in existence.
Approximately 10 years ago in the Sporting Escort Owners Club magazine, I read about a 2 door 1100 Linnet that was part of a cancelled order destined for Ireland. It looks like this car could be part of that order.
Terracotta and Beige paints were not available on the original Escort Linnet nor was the 1100 engine.
In Ireland they had a special edition called the Elite that was available in either 2-door or 4-door that carried the Linnet stripes. These were available in Terracotta and Beige but they were based on the L model.
To add to the confusion I’ve heard a few times mentioned something called a Linnet Plus that was available right at the end of production but I’ve seen no literature for this.
The problem with the special editions is that there is very little information on them and so few cars left to compare.
The car had undergone a full body restoration, which in fairness required very little repairing except a few scabs here and there. As said, originally the car was Terracotta but had been painted in signal yellow. It had new Mexico decals applied and four Cibie spotlights fitted with quick release brackets.
Transmission is 5-speed type 9 Ford gearbox with RJ quick shift lever and a brand new Tran-x limited slip dfferential (built as full unit by them).
Suspension and steering is Bilstein all round. 2.4 quick rack, double width anti-roll bar mounts and anti-dive kit with strut brace. A full polyurethane bush kit was fitted. Longer wheel studs were fitted along with 15mm hubcentric alloy spacers. Brand new 8 x 13 wheels with new 215/60/13 tyres were fitted.
The interior was fully trimmed with good carpets, door cards head-lining etc, period centre console and RS clocks. Also fitted are two new Sparco seats and 3 point rally harnesses.
The car has documented history file which is pretty good complete with service book and plenty of old mots and tax discs. Many thousands of pounds have been put into this car over the past couple of years, with invoices for well over £5,000 in the file, and that doesn’t include the paint etc.