It took until 1982 for the Cortina to be de-throned but when it was, it was because of its younger sibling, the Ford Escort.
The Escort, which had the second longest production run of any Ford, was one of the best selling cars of all time in the UK, shifting over four million cars in it's 32 year life.
Having had six different versions and engines from a 0.9 litre to the 2 litre turbo lump in the mighty Escort Cosworth, the Escort was the most successful car in the 80's.
The MkIII and IV models topped the sales charts for the majority of the 80's only to eventually be displaced by the Fiesta.
The most famous Escort is the classic Cosworth RS which hit the UK in 1992 and quickly became one of the most celebrated Fords of all time, a mantel which some will still agree with today.
When it was released the 2 litre engine delivered 225bhp through all four wheels, meaning a 0 – 60 time of under six seconds, dangerously close to the more expensive BMW M3.
It became, and still is, one of the best fast Fords ever made and a firm fans favourite.
It's rarity adds to it's desirability as only just over 7,000 were sold, a mere 0.2% of all the Escorts registered.
It is one of few Fords that can be uttered in the same breath as some of the other sensible super saloons like the BMW M3 and the Mercedes 190.
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