Lot 390 - 1978 Ford Escort RS2000
|Odometer reading||16,000 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
The squarer-styled Escort Mk. II version appeared in January 1975 with the first production models having rolled off the production lines on 2nd December 1974. Unlike the first Escort (which was developed by Ford of Britain), the second generation was developed jointly between the UK and Ford of Germany. Codenamed 'Brenda' during its development, it had the same mechanical configuration as the Mk. I Escort. The estate and van versions used the same panelwork as the Mk. I, but with the Mk. II front end and interior. The car used a revised underbody, which had in fact been introduced as a running change during the last six months of the life of the Mk. I. The car was a success, with just four body styles, by competing in many different market niches where rival manufacturers had multiple models. The 'L' and 'GL' models were in the mainstream purchased by the private sector, the 'Sport', 'RSMexico', and 'RS2000' in the performance market, the 'Ghia' for an untapped small car luxury sector, and 'base' models for the fleet market. During the second half of the 1970s, the Escort continued to prove hugely popular with buyers in Britain. Production, after an incredibly popular model run, ended in Britain in August 198o with other countries following soon after.
This attractive RS2000 has recently undergone some restoration work including an engine rebuild, overall the condition and specification of the car has remained in its' original format. Finished in yellow with black trim, the colour combination unquestionably is suited to a performance car of the 1970s. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until April 2012, this is very much a car of its time and is rightly sought after.
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