Restored Ford Escort MK1 RS2000 is Company You Can Be Proud to Pay For
The Ford Escort nameplate has a pretty diverse history. It debuted (if we exclude the Squire version) in the late ’60s in Europe as a small rear-wheel-drive coupe and became a fantastic little rally car. Ford began selling a small four-door front-wheel-drive version in the United States in the ’80s. Today, it’s sold neither in Europe nor America, but a version that’s based on the Ford Focus is sold in China. And through the years, it became one of the best-selling cars world-wide of all time.
Though any true Ford enthusiast knows about the Escort rally cars, its most recent spotlight in mainstream media was when an Escort RS showed up in Fast and Furious 6 in that crazy tank scene. That was an Mk1 RS1600, though, which had a 1,601cc Cosworth BDA (Belt Drive A Series). The engine was later upgraded to 1,701cc, then a 2.0-liter Pinto engine for the Mk1 RS200, which this car is. According to Cool and Vintage, this is the result of a $150,000 restoration, and it’s gorgeous.
It has a the correct 2.0-liter 206-horsepower FIA racing engine from Julian Godfrey Engineering, a ZF 5-speed gearbox, reinforced Group 4 body, the hood and trunk are fiberglass, the windshield is laminated and it has perspex windows, Atlas rear axle with LSD, Monte Carlo AP brakes, Bilstein coilovers, an AP Racing clutch, and 8 x 15 wheels.
Since the build, it reportedly only has 2 hours of seat time so far. Price is not public knowledge, but if you’re seriously interested, you can put in a formal request.
[Via Cool n Vintage]
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