Lot 319 - 1975 12918 Escort Mk.I RS2000
|Odometer reading||28,197 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,496|
The Mk. I Ford Escort was introduced in the UK at the end of 1967, making its show debut at Brussels Motor Show in January 1968 and replacing the successful long running Anglia. Escorts became successful as a rally car, and eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960's and early 1970's; arguably the Escort's greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally being driven by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola. This gave rise to the Escort Mexico special edition road versions in honour of the rally car. In addition to the Mexico, the RS1600 was developed which used a Kent engine block with a 16-valve Cosworth cylinder head. This engine was essentially a de-tuned Formula 3 engine designated BDA. Both the Mexico and RS1600 were built at Ford's Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility located at the Aveley Plant in South Essex. As well as higher performance engines and sports suspension, these models featured strengthened bodyshells, making them ideal for rallying. Ford also produced an RS2000 model as an alternative to the somewhat temperamental RS1600, featuring a 2.0Litre Pinto (OHC) engine. This also chalked up some rally and racing victories and pre-empted the hot-hatch market as a desirable but affordable performance road car. Like the Mexico and RS1600, this car was produced at the Aveley plant.
Originally registered on 1st May 1975, this Escort RS 2000 is supplied with a host of paperwork, confirming it to be an original RS 2000, together with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate. The engine runs well, with the vehicle being described by the vendor as 'gives a fantastic driving experience'. Restoration has been carried out on the Escort and she presents in good condition. Finished in the instantly recognizable colours of white with blue stripes and black trim, this is a car which men of a certain age will aspire to. A rare car and sure to create interest.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.