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’70 Ford Escort RS1600 (Hot Wheels)

Possibly my favourite casting of the current Hot Wheels line up is the ’70 Ford Escort RS1600, I have four variants the latest being the ’70 Ford Escort RS1600 “Gumball Rally”.

'70 Ford Escort RS1600 (Hot Wheels) Gumball rally
’70 Ford Escort RS1600 (Hot Wheels) “Gumball Rally”

My dad had a Ford Escort Mark I back in 1970, it wasn’t an RS1600, just a humble 1100, but the characteristic shape gives me that nostalgic buzz, which sparks my collecting.

'70 Ford Escort RS1600 (Hot Wheels) x 4
’70 Ford Escort RS1600 (Hot Wheels) x 4

The first I found was the Castrol model, the colours are like the Italian national colours often sported by Fiats and Lancias in rallies. The yellow model, whose decor makes it look like it has an opening hood from certain angles, I found in a three pack. The blue model is a Hot Wheels 50th anniversary special. There are a few variants I have missed, I’d like to find the Fast and Furious model in blue with a thick white stripe, there was also a red Castrol model. I also hope Hot Wheels continues to put out more variants of this casting.

Fast and Furious 6 Escort
The Escort in Fast and Furious 6

Update: 7 January 2020. I picked up a Fast and Furious 5 Pack, mainly because of the Escort, the other cars (a ‘61 Impala, ‘72 Ford Torino Gran Sport, Corvette Grand Sport Roadster and ‘70 Chevelle SS) are all cool but without the Escort, I’d have left it on the shelf. I did leave it on the shelf a while, waiting for XS Toys to have one of their periodic -30% sales. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Fast and Furious 5 Pack

I have six variants now, and will pick up any more I come across. I am aware  of 16 different  variants . Some are Super Treasure Hunts or special series we don’t get here in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Ford Escort RS1600 x 8
6 variants of the ’70 Ford Escort RS1600

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Ford Escort

The Ford Escort has a special place in my heart. The first car I remember travelling in was my late father’s Ford Escort Mark 1 (he had a Ford Anglia Estate when I was born, but I don’t remember that).

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Ford Escort Mk 1 (Cararama 1:43)

The Cararama Escort is the closest to my father’s car, he later also had a copper bronze Mark 1 Estate, I haven’t found a model representation of that.

I was happy to see a Ford Escort RS1600 in the Fast and Furious 6.

Fast and Furious 6 Escort
Fast and Furious 6

 

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front to back: Mk1 RS 1600 (Hot Wheels), Mk 3 Escort Rally (Hot Wheels), Mk 2 Escort Rally (Corgi)

Corgi put out a Mk 1 Escort Mexico as a special 60th anniversary limited edition model, I picked one up on my last visit to England.

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Ford Escort x 5

I am still looking out for a Corgi Juniors Ford Escort Rally and other variants of the Hot Wheels RS1600. Just looking at the distinctive grille of the Ford Escort Mark 1 gives me a frisson of nostalgia.

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Ford Escort v Ford Escort

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’70 Ford Escort RS1600 v Ford Escort Rally

Last year for a long time the Hot Wheels ’70 Ford Escort RS1600 was high on my wants’ list, it took a few months before I found one. Today I found a Ford Escort Rally (based on the ‘RS Cosworth’ version of the Escort produced from 1993-1996) in the clothing market of all places. They make an interesting pairing side by side on the tracks…