Hot Wheels ’70 Ford Escort RS1600 HW Race Day 102/250 2019 short card
• Brand: Ford
• Model: Escort RS1600
• Set: HW Race Day
• Set number: 6/10
• Year: 2019
• Designer: Unknow
“Your mistake is thinking you have a goddamn choice, boy” – Brian O’Conner
It’s the Ford Escort RS1600: a simple little car shoved full of the best engine Ford and Cosworth could devise. It’s England’s half-pint muscle car, but it’s not that muscular. And it has a flying, memorable turn in Fast & Furious 6 with Brian O’Conner at the wheel. It’s the sort of appearance that only adds to the car’s legend. Even though no one on this side of the Atlantic knows that legend at all.
Introduced in 1968, the Escort was Ford’s European small car. Back before front-drive orthodoxy crushed the life out of all things, it was a rear-driver built around a few pieces of bent metal pretending to be a unibody chassis, a pair of MacPherson struts up front and a solid rear axle on leaf springs in back. Most of them came with microscopic four-cylinder, overhead-valve engines of 1.1- or 1.3-liter displacement. These were low-compression, low-horsepower engines and you could personally produce more torque than those engines did using only your tongue.
Ordinary? In its day the Escort was more common in England than crumpets or cricket.
Get your hands on this hot wheels and enjoy it as you know it, collector!