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Escort RS1600

Advert ID: 37188 To Be Auctioned

Advert Began: Jan 10, 2017, 19:17
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This original RS 1600 was built in November 1973, and first registered in February 1975, and is one of the last RS1600s ever assembled.
In the mid-1990s it was professionally rebuilt for competition purposes as an exact replica of the famous Roger Clark RS 1600 MkI "LVX 942J" for renowned rally driver and collector, Roy Cathcart. Staying in his collection and unused, it was eventually sold to Neil Calvert in 1999 and used in the inaugural MSA British Historic Rally Championship in 2000. (against our MD Nick Whale!)

Neil won class C4, finishing third overall in the championship, and was only to use the car twice more - the 'Bulldog' rally and the Roger Albert Clark rally - both in 2004.
Kept carefully in dry storage until 2009, it was then sold to our vendor who commissioned top International historic rally team, 'Dansport' of Chesterfield, to professionally convert the car to the ultimate 'Safari' specification for participation in the 2011 London-Capetown rally.

The shell was sent to Gartac Engineering who converted it to left-hand drive, fitted a Safari-spec roll cage, and then added long-range fuel tanks and full Safari-spec suspension. The modifications and upgrades are to the highest of standards and the full specification can be supplied on request to our offices.

However, here are some highlights:

2.3 Litre 'Pinto' built with a heavy duty block, steel crank and rods, forged pistons, competition valves and camshafts, a 10.7:1 compression ratio, heavy duty AP clutch, 5 speed T9 Helical c/r gearbox with alloy casing, fully floating rear axle, 5.1 CWP and Gripper half shafts.

AP Racing vented discs with correct pads, electric power steering with 2.5 turns lock to lock, full Proflex suspension, adjustable pedal box, Motordrive composite seats with new harnesses, quick release spotlights, 10mm endurance sump guard, integrated roof rack assembly, carbon roof scoop, Safari bull-bar with modern headlamps etc. etc.
The specification is massively comprehensive and will be supplied to any potential buyer, as will the spares list.

Sadly, the 2011 London to Capetown rally was cancelled and, as a result, the car has never turned a wheel in anger remaining quietly indoors ever since in professional dry storage, not an appropriate fate for such an immaculately prepared, stunningly presented example of the 'Golden Years' of British Rallying!
Offered today fully prepared with zero competitive miles, it represents a very special opportunity to acquire an ultimate Safari spec Escort at a small fraction of its original build cost.

Registration: JGC 34N
Chassis Number: ND00143
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 2.3
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Estimate (£): 65,000 - 75,000


The Race Retro Competition Car Sale will take place at the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show 2017 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LZ (map/directions).

The lots can be viewed at the following times:
Friday 24th February 2017 09:30 - 15:00

The auction will take place as follows:
Friday 24th February 2017 15:00
Bidding at the auction can be done either in person by attending the sale, by telephone, by leaving a commission bid or live, online via Proxibid. Full details of registration requirements and a buying guide can be found on the Silverstone Auctions website (

IMPORTANT NOTE : Race Retro is a closed event and tickets will be required to enter. These are available from the following link:
For further information about The Race Retro Classic Car Sale, contact Silverstone Auctions on +44 (0)1926 691 141.

Seller Info

Silverstone Auctions

Member Since:
19 Dec 2013

Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0EP

Phone: +44 1926691141
Phone 2: +44 7773776414

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