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).
This genuine AVO RS2000 was produced in late 1974 but registered on the road in the UK in April of 1975, finished in Sebring Red with lighter orange striping to its flanks. The RS2000 has been well restored to standard specification, with the correct alloy-sumped 2-litre motor, standard 4-speed gearbox with alloy bell housing and quick shift, and factory RS2000 interior fittings.
This beautiful example is offered with a file full of bills and receipts going back many years and has been recently serviced (including cam belt); it is also supplied with a new MOT certificate. A great example of a true 1970’s classic.