1970 Ford Escort RS1600
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
It was the Escort that really put Ford on the rallying map, proving capable of winning World Championship events from 1968, when the Twin Cam model was the works' frontline rally car, right through to 1981 when Ari Vatanen became World Rally Champion driving an Escort RS. In 1970 the Ford Twin Cam engine was replaced by a Cosworth BDA 16-valve unit to create the definitive Escort rally car: the RS1600. In its ultimate form the Escort RS1600 proved good enough to win the RAC Rally three times on the trot between 1972 and 1974, as well as a host of other World Championship events.
This example is presented in purple and silver with a black interior, it has a half roll cage with weight saving door cards and original Ford bucket seats with harnesses. Originally supplied by Thomas Motors Blackpool in 1970 as a standard road going RS1600 painted Ermine White, this car was subsequently converted by Broadspeed Engineering in 1979 so it could be raced in Hillclimbs and Sprints, fitting it with a 1300 BDA at that time and repainting it red and silver, synonymous with Broadspeed racing cars. The car is now fitted with the period correct RS1600 Ford Engine and has been stored for the last 15 years. This is a rare car in demand and increasingly difficult to find.
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