This looks a bit of an animal! South African imports tend to be pretty rust-free and they like their modifications over there. This one’s had a few! The other bonus is that the steering wheel is on the correct side for most of us. A few jobs need finishing on this one, but it sounds like it shouldn’t be too problematic for a competent mechanic.
From the seller: “WELCOME TO MY NO RESERVE AUCTION- WIDE ARCH “ZAKSPEED” PINTO TURBO MK2 ESCORT 1600 SPORT 2 DOOR 1979 (Right Hand Drive)
Genuine 1600 Sport shell so some similar enhancements / strengthening as per type 49. Thousands of pounds worth of parts fitted and most of the hard work done.
Correctly Imported from SA, with NOVA Certificate (and all duties paid), so will just need registering with DVLA for new logbook – you will be able to get an age related UK V5 for it! (I can help with the process if required, it is straight forward).”