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1991 Ford Escort LX

1991 Mazda Escort LX Coupe

Written and Photography by James Dolan

This car belonged to my mother who sold it to me just before I moved away from home to go to college. My father specially ordered the Escort from the local Ford dealer in the winter of 1991. The wish list from my mother was simple. She wanted a two door hatch back with a 5-speed, sunroof and air conditioning. When pricing the Escort my father and I realized that for and extra few dollars we could order a fully loaded car with power mirrors, cruise control, tilt wheel, light group, premium sound and might as well throw in the tachometer too. We ultimately choose the Escort because the then new Escort was based on a Mazda platform and mainly Mazda mechanical bits and pieces. It was thousands less then other vehicles out on the market and it drove just as well, in some cases even better.

The Escort arrived at the dealer in May 1991. It was a good looking car at the time and it was finished in titanium metallic with matching interior. It didn’t look or drive like any other Ford available with the exception of the Probe which was a Mazda based product as well. We probably could have bought a Tempo for less money but the Escort was miles ahead of the older Ford in every respect. The car drove exceptionally well. It had fantastic low end toque and amazing handling and road holding. We all loved driving the Escort and with the removable sunroof we had installed just after we took delivery it became a fun summer vehicle as well.

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Vehicle Specs

1991 Ford Escort LX

  • Engine - 1.9L SOHC I4, SEFI, 88HP and 108lb-ft Torque.
  • Curb Weight - 2355bs.
  • Transmission - 5-Speed Manual with hydraulic clutch.
  • Brakes - 10.1" Vented discs, single piston calipers(front); 9" drums (rear).
  • Tires - 175/70R13 Michelin LX1
  • Suspension - Front, type: Independent Macpherson strut type, with anti-roll bar, coil springs. Rear, type: Independent, trailing arms, twin-trapezoidal links, struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar.
  • 0-100kph 10.3 seconds.
  • Options/Upgrades - Light Titanium Clear coat Metallic, Tachometer, Power mirrors, AM/FM/Casette with premium sound, A/C, Sunroof, 14" alloy wheels.