There is nothing remarkable about this car apart from its unusual state of preservation.
It’s a CLX, which is quite luxurious in Escort terms: swirly velour upholstery, rear armrest, rear head restraints, alloy wheels, colour coded this and also that. But it does remind me of the 1988 Chevrolet Corsica. Critics damned the Escort for its mediocrity and conservatism. Ford marketed the car as having “classical” style. Yes, classical Chevrolet style from 1988.
Not only did the Escort somehow ape the incredibly bland Corsica but it also affected to use the ingenious body-side/wheel arch solution of the 1989 Peugeot 605. I am on trickier ground with this criticism. Peugeot launched the 605 in 1989 and Ford launched the Escort in 1990. I don’t know for certain when the first 605s were shown in the press and I don’t know how late in 1990 the Escort was released – I seem to recall it was in the autumn but
can’t be certain. What I think might have happened was the problem of wandering designers or wandering clay modellers who may have brought the 605’s distinctive bodyside solution to Ford. I have a diagram below to make the idea clear. Notice that under the bodyside groove the body bulges outwards to extend to the wheel arch lips. It’s quite subtle but I don’t know if anyone has used it before. It is a very distinctive principle with which to solve the problem of getting the main body side to blend to the wheel arch lips.