Lot 293 - 1974 Ford Escort Mk. I RS2000
|Odometer reading||69,918 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
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. 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 2.0 litre Pinto 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.
This excellent, genuine Mk. I RS2000 was the subject of a complete rebuild about ten years ago but retained the original RS interior. At that time the engine was rebuilt and bored out to 2,100cc and the exhaust was replaced with a free-flow performance tubular system. The car has had very little use since, being in a private collection, but was recently taken to Harris Performance in Essex where two new Weber 45 DCOE carburettors were fitted and tuned, tested on a rolling road giving 163bhp. Finished in green with black interior, this Escort is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2016. The Mk. I Escort, quite rightly, earned an awesome reputation in its day and these models are now highly sought after.
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.