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Ford Escort RS1800 Ex-Works Group 4

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Description

VHK 74S Ex-Works Group 4 Ford Escort MK 2

This car was first used by the Ford works team on The San Remo Rally in 1977 with Bjorn Waldegard driving and finishing 5th overall. The car appeared in several guises, with different drivers, in the period from 1977 – Corsica / JeanPierre Nicolas and 1978, Russell Brookes in Andrews Heat for Hire livery.

In 1979 it was one of the two wide bodied escorts that were built specifically for the Monte Carlo Rally of that year. Again Bjorn Waldegard was the driver and finished 2nd overall on what was a controversial event. The sister car ( VHK 47S ), driven by Hannu Mikkola, finished 5th overall. After the 1979 Monte Carlo Rally both cars spent a period of time outside of the works facility at Boreham until in late 79 they were re commissioned with carburettors to the engines and sold by Ford to Raymond Rue the head of the Publimmo Corporation and exported to Monaco.

After being sold by Ford the cars were registered 3256 and 1493 they could be seen on varying events in Europe, again driven by a variety of drivers. Both Ari Vatanen and Bjorn Waldegard driving the two on the Monte Carlo rally ( Vatanen 1980 ) ( Waldegard 1981 ) as private entrants for the Publimmo Corporation.

After running several high profile drivers in a variety of manufacturer cars the Publimmo Corporation went bankrupt. The head of the organisation had a soft spot for the Monte Escorts and it is alleged that he had them shipped down to Corsica as 1300L`s. After several years the cars found themselves back in mainland France 47S being campaigned in several French National Rallies and hillclimbs disguised in a lurid red and yellow colour scheme. After several years of inactivity a British enthusiast traced the cars down in mainland France and this ultimately lead to him purchasing the cars and returning them to Britain for restoration.

VHK 74S has now been completely restored to how it competed on its first event in 1977. Since restoration the car has only been used on Demonstration events of the type organised by SlowlySideways.

All major components have low klms and brief specification is as follows:

Bodyshell - Full Group 4 works specification.

Engine - 2.0L BDG producing 256 bhp on the dyno

Transmission - 5 speed ZF gearbox

Axle 5 linked fully floating Atlas with 5.3 ZF Diff.

Suspension – Gartrac tarmac setup with Bilstein adjustable dampers front and rear.



Competition History With Ford


1977 San Remo Waldegard/Thorzelius 5th O/All

1977 Corsica Nicolas/Leverne DNF

1978 Circuit of Ireland Brookes/Brown 1st O/All

1978 Welsh Brookes/Brown 5th O/All

1978 Manx Brookes/Brown DNF

1979 Monte Carlo Waldegard/Thorzelius 2nd O/All



The car comes with MOT and MSA papers and is offered here for sale and represents a never to be repeated chance to own a piece of Ford/Boreham rallying history.

Price is POA and P/Ex may be possible.

Seller Info

Timothy Bloxham

Member Since:
14 Aug 2015

Wolverhampton,

Phone: 44 7973 909392

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