The Essex V4 was a 60° V4 engine from Ford Motor Company made at the plant in Essex. The engine was available in two capacities, 1663 cc and 1996 cc, differing only in stroke. This engine was used on the Ford Corsair, Capri Mk I, Consul/Granada Mk I, Ford Zephyr 4 Mk IV and certain early models of the Ford Transit van. The MK1 Transit (1965 to 1978), with its flat front and short bonnet, was designed to use this engine.
The engine was available with a twin choke carburetor and other modifications to increase its power; this variant was fitted in the 2000E version of the Corsair and the GT version of the Capri and Granada.
It was related to the Essex V6 engine which, with two extra cylinders, offered a displacement of 2.5 litres and 3.0 litres.
The engine was also an option in Marcos sports cars, which had already adopted the Essex V6 in their wooden chassis cars. Some 60 to 80 cars with the V4 are reported to have been produced between 1969 and 1971, by which time the production has changed to steel chassis.