The Escort was the car that proved Ford’s rallying pedigree. Escorts in various forms won World Championship events between 1968 and 1981 with Ari Vatanen becoming World Rally Champion driving an Escort RS in 1981. Ford allowed their customers to have a taste of their rally success with models such as the RS1600 and Mexico which were developed at Ford’s Advanced Vehicles Operations plant. These models had their weaknesses, with the Mexico deemed as too slow and the RS1600 although quick was too costly to manufacture and maintain. The answer to these shortcomings was the RS2000 launched in 1976 which was powered by the 2.0 litre single-overhead camshaft engine. It was very well received being both fast and easy to maintain.
The RS2000 on sale here was originally registered in South Africa and imported to the UK in 2014. All documents for the car are present and correct and the car is in very original condition with original engine and Webber carburettors. The front seats have been recovered in period fabric and the car has benefitted from numerous new parts in 2014 and 2015 with receipts available. Originating from a sunny climate, this has allowed the bodywork to stay rust free and overall the vendor describes the condition of the car to be excellent.
With only 63,000 showing on the clock, a good history file and finished in the classic colour combination of White with Black cloth interior, this is the perfect opportunity to own an iconic Escort RS.