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1961 Ford Prefect vs. 1986 Ford Escort

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1961 Ford Prefect. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1961 Ford Prefect would be higher. At 1,751 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1986 Ford Escort (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 24 more horse power than 1961 Ford Prefect. (35 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort should accelerate faster than 1961 Ford Prefect. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1986 Ford Escort weights approximately 132 kg more than 1961 Ford Prefect. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1961 Ford Prefect is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1961 Ford Prefect. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1986 Ford Escort (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 39 more torque (in Nm) than 1961 Ford Prefect. (71 Nm @ 2700 RPM). This means 1986 Ford Escort will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1961 Ford Prefect.

Compare all specifications:

1961 Ford Prefect 1986 Ford Escort
Make Ford Ford
Model Prefect Escort
Year Released 1961 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 997 cc 1751 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 35 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 71 Nm 110 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 2500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 778 kg 910 kg
Vehicle Length 3810 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1550 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1650 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2220 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 54 L 45 L


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