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Ford Escort MkIII

Unlike the Mark II Escort, which had essentially been a reskin of the original 1968 car, the Mark III was a completely new design, and was conceived as a hi-tech, high-efficiency vehicle which would compete with the Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic considered at the time the class benchmarks. The Mark III was therefore a major engineering and stylistic departure from the two previous models; the biggest changes being the adoption of front-wheel drive, the new hatchback body and the all-new CVH overhead camshaft engines. The suspension was fully independent all around, departing from the archaic leaf spring arrangement found on its predecessors.

The new car was launched in September 1980 and remained in production until replaced by the similar MkIV in 1986. From 1982 and for the next eight years the Ford Escort was Britain's best selling car.

Corgi launched their version, in 1:36 Scale, in October 1980 (334). This car was available first as a civilian version in metallic blue, metallic green, primrose, red and non-metallic blue. The Police Panda car version (297) was released in February 1982. In December 1982 the 'Little and Large' set (1359) was released for sale through FW Woolworth and not included in the retailer catalogue, this set comprised a car in 1:36 scale and a Juniors version in about 1:64 scale.

The catalogue versions (334 and 297) remained in production at the time of the Mettoy insolvency in 1983. The revived incarnations of the Corgi Brand kept the car in production introducing competition variants based on the successful BTCC cars in action at the time.

Mettoy era releases
1980 1980 1980 1980 1980
Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Blue Metallic Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Metallic Light Green Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Yellow Corgi 334; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; Red Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Blue
Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Blue Metallic Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Metallic Light Green Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Yellow Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Red Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Blue

1980 1982 1982    
Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Red, White Side Stripe Corgi Toys 297; Ford Escort MkIII; Police Panda car Corgi Toys 1359; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; Little & Large Set; 1:36 Scale & 1:64 Scale    
Corgi Toys 334; Ford Escort MkIII; Red, White Side Stripe Corgi Toys 297; Ford Escort MkIII; Police Panda car Corgi Toys 1359; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; Little & Large Set; 1:36 Scale & 1:64 Scale    

Post Mettoy releases
1984 1984 1984 1984 1986
Corgi 453; Ford Escort MkIII RS1600; White Corgi 611; Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Alan Curnow; RN66; Royal Mail Corgi 612; Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Richard Longman; RN77; Royal Mail Corgi 403; Ford Escort MkIII XR3i; 1984 BTCC; Barry Lee; RN84 Corgi 423; Ford Escort MkIII; 1986 BTCC; Paul Taft; RN69, Brooklyn Ford
Corgi 453; Ford Escort MkIII RS1600; White Corgi 611; Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Alan Curnow; RN66; Royal Mail Corgi 612; Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Richard Longman; RN77; Royal Mail Corgi 403; Ford Escort MkIII XR3i; 1984 BTCC; Barry Lee; RN84 Corgi 423; Ford Escort MkIII; 1986 BTCC; Paul Taft; RN69, Brooklyn Ford

1986       1985
Corgi 427; Ford Escort MkIII XR3i; 1986 Willhire 24h Snetterton 1st; Mike Smith, RN100       Corgi C22; Royal Mail 3 Pce Set
Corgi 427; Ford Escort MkIII XR3i; 1986 Willhire 24h Snetterton 1st; Mike Smith, RN100       Corgi C22; Royal Mail 3 Pce Set

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