Ford Escort MkIII

Ford Escort Europe with opening doors. Corgi introduced the MkIII Escort in October 1980. This is the first version of the Mark 3 Escort, before any of the later Ford face lifts. The model remained in the Corgi range beyond the Mettoy period and there were several releases which post date Mettoy. Corgi explicitly refer to this as the 'Europe' version, as opposed to the US Escort, which I had not previously been aware of, it had initially been planned as a US version of the European Escort, but morphed into an almost wholly different car,

334 Original Release

The first release was in October 1980, colours are metallic blue, metallic green, primrose, red and blue, the model was still in production when Mettoy ceased trading in 1983

297 Police Panda Car

The second release under Mettoy was in February 1982 as a Police Panda car, this car was still in production at the time of the Mettoy crash in 1983

1359 Woolworths Little & Large Set

A number of two model sets were released in December 1982 one of which was the Ford Escort Duo Set. They were initially produced for FW Woolworth and for export to European markets, they remained in production until the Mettoy crash in 1983.

Post Mettoy

The casting remained in the post Mettoy Corgi range mostly as replicas of racing Escorts, the baseplates on these tend to be plastic rather than diecast, some of them were sold in late Corgi Toys black/yellow/red boxes.

1980 Release

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

1982 Release

       
Corgi Toys 297; Ford Escort MkIII; Police Panda car Corgi Toys 1359; Ford Escort MkIII; Little & Large Set; 1:36 Scale & 1:64 Scale      
Corgi Toys 297; Ford Escort MkIII; Police Panda car Corgi Toys 1359; Ford Escort MkIII; Little & Large Set; 1:36 Scale & 1:64 Scale      
Post Mettoy Releases        
Corgi 453; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; RS1600; White Corgi 334; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; Red, White Side Stripe Corgi 423; Ford Escort MkIII; 1986 BTCC; Paul Taft; RN69, Brooklyn Ford Corgi 611; Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Royal Mail; Alan Curnow; RN66 Corgi 612; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Royal Mail; Richard Longman; RN77
Corgi 453; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; RS1600; White Corgi 334; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; Red, White Side Stripe Corgi 423; Ford Escort MkIII; 1986 BTCC; Paul Taft; RN69, Brooklyn Ford, Corgi 611; Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Royal Mail; Alan Curnow; RN66 Corgi 612; 1980 Ford Escort MkIII; 1984 BTCC; Royal Mail; Richard Longman; RN77
Corgi  403; Ford Escort MkIII XR3i; 1984 BTCC; Barry Lee; RN84 Corgi 427; Ford Escort MkIII; XR3i; 1986 Willhire 24h Snetterton 1st; Mike Smith, RN100      
Corgi 403; Ford Escort MkIII XR3i; 1984 BTCC; Barry Lee; RN84 Corgi 427; Ford Escort MkIII; XR3i; 1986 Willhire 24h Snetterton 1st; Mike Smith, RN100      
         

 


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