The Escort RS2000 was the last car to be introduced to the AVO production range, in June of 1973. The car fitted nicely into the AVO line up with its performance almost comparable to the complex RS1600 but with the same reliability and ease of maintenance as the Mexico. It utilised the same type 49-body shell as the Mexico and RS1600. Fortunately, there was a new engine in use at Ford, the 2-litre overhead-cam Pinto, which Ford then decided to use for the new car, however, they then faced the problem of persuading the bulky Pinto engine to fit into the engine bay, which was something it had never been meant to do. The only way of achieving this was to discard the engine driven cooling fan and replace it with a thermostatically controlled Kenlowe unit. When finally nestled in place, the Pinto engine produced 100bhp (2bhp more than in the Cortina).
Having travelled less than 1,000 miles since its comprehensive rebuild, and with a mere 16,000 miles recorded on its odometer, this wonderful example is ready to be used in any number of historic events or simply to be enjoyed as a Sunday driver. Tax and MOT exempt, this represents a fantastic investment opportunity.