Lot 234 - 1979 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk. II
|Odometer reading||34,973 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,250|
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', 'RS Mexico' 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 1980 with other countries following soon after.
The vendor of this genuine RS2000 is a very knowledgeable Ford enthusiast. He has owned XOP 44T since 27th April 2002 and has invested a substantial amount of time and resources in the Escort, resulting in a fine example of a highly desirable model. Restoration work has been carried out over a number of years and appears to have been executed to a high standard. The bodywork is in splendid condition with a number of new panels fitted and the white paintwork is unmarked. Mechanically, it is in excellent order with the car starting immediately when requested and, although it was not driven, we are advised this RS2000 drives superbly and with no known faults.
Supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate valid until 11th September 2015 and a history file containing photographic evidence of the rebuild. Classic Fords have increased in value significantly of late; this Escort RS2000 is evocative of a very specific decade.
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.