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Ford Escort MKI RS1600 BDA FIA Rally Car

Advert ID: 41641 To Be Auctioned

Advert Began: Jan 7, 2019, 17:44
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It is difficult to imagine a Stage Rally in the early seventies without the Mark 1 Ford Escort. Those of us who put up with the really early morning starts and the trudge through dank woods over ankle-twisting tree stumps in order to get as close to the action as possible were often rewarded with the sight and sound of Escorts doing what they do best. You could hear them way before you saw them, the cacophonous howl of a BDA at 10,000 revs screaming for more cold air, would echo up through the pines and then, suddenly, a pair of bright headlights on the outside of four seven-inch Cibie Oscars would burn a hole in the mist and then past, only inches away, the exhaust resonating in your chest as your internal organs vibrate in sympathy and, if you were really lucky, you would get showered in gravel as well. Addictive.

Ford had, for a number of years, used active participation in motorsport as a means of getting their showroom doors swinging on a Monday morning, and the new Escort was to prove no exception. Popular at club level in every discipline of the sport, it was at an International level that the name 'Escort' became synonymous with winning. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960s /early 1970s and, arguably, the Escort's greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally in the hands of Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola. This result, and the ensuing acclaim, prompted Ford to produce the famous Escort Mexico (1.6-litre 'Kent'-engine) road version in honour of the rally car.

One step up from the Mexico, the Escort 'RS1600' was developed using an engine that was essentially a detuned Formula 3 unit designated BDA (Belt Drive 'A' Series). Both the Mexico and RS1600 were built simultaneously at the Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility located at the Aveley Plant in South Essex. As well as higher performance engines and sports suspension, these models featured strengthened body shells, making them ideal for rallying.

Here we have a completely immaculate 1972 Ford Escort RS1600 that has been properly prepared for Historic Rallying. It wears an RS1600 AVO body plate and is supplied with its original V5 showing that it is an RS1600, first registered in January 1972 to the Ford Motor Company. The registration prefix is PVX which indicates that it was initially used by Ford. The majority of the PVX cars were Press or Fleet cars, however, we understand that the lower numbers were prepared for Motorsport, rallying, the Mexico Challenge etc. PVX 104K is also accompanied by its current FIA/HTP file, its HRVI papers, and the FoMoCo original build-sheets/allocation.

The car has undergone major investment to establish it as a seriously competitive historic rally car, including a new Wayne Mitchell 1800 BDA engine producing over 210 BHP (Dyno charts available) driving through a 5-speed dog-leg box newly rebuilt by a ZF Specialist at a cost of £6500.

It has been fully sorted and detailed, by Escort gurus, Pete Slights Rally Sport in York, with freshly dated safety equipment including new seats, belts and a 'Lifeline' extinguisher system, giving some real longevity to these areas too.

With a full set of spare Minilites and GP stands, it's on the button and ready to go Historic Rallying right now. It's evident from the photographs that the car has been professionally prepared and it hasn't turned a wheel in anger since. As an ex-Ford/AVO RS1600 this super Escort must represent an investment opportunity just sitting there, however, the temptation to head to Kielder Forest may prove too much.

Registration: PVX 104K
Chassis Number: BFATLP27202
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1800
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Estimate (£): 60,000 - 70,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)


Viewing of the lots will be available from 09:00 to 18:00 on Thursday 10th / Friday 11th January and from 09:00 to 14:00 on Saturday 12th January 2019.


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

On each day, the automobilia and watches auctions start at 11am and the car auction starts at 2pm.

For further information please contact Silverstone Auctions on +44 (0)1926 691 141.

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Silverstone Auctions

Member Since:
19 Dec 2013

Ashorne, Warks, CV35 0AA

Phone: +44 1926 691141

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