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Ford Escort Mk.I RS1600 FIA Race Car

Advert ID: 40238 To Be Auctioned

Advert Began: Jan 16, 2018, 16:36
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In 1970, Ford opened their Advanced Vehicles Operation at Aveley in Essex and this was dedicated to the production of the Escort RS range. It also marked the formation of Ford's RS Dealer network to sell these products to a very eager public. For the first time ever, professional teams and privateers alike could compete on an equal footing, so even the 'clubman' equipped with his RS Parts catalogue had reason to be optimistic. The Ford Escort RS1600 BDA would dominate the World Rally Championship for several years and turn British and Scandinavian drivers into household names. During the next decade the continued success of the Escort rally program helped it remain as the best-selling car in the UK, and in conjunction with the well-balanced and sporting nature of the rest of the range, even Ford Detroit were starting to refer to the British Isles as "treasure island".

During the late 1960's a Bristolian racing driver by the name of Vince Woodman began to make a name for himself on the motor racing circuits of the UK. Synonymous with Ford, Woodman became a regular, driving Broadspeed Escorts and Capri's and finished 3rd overall in the 1973 British Touring Car Championship. In the 1982 season Vince Woodman secured 4 overall victories in a Capri making them the last wins for that model.

Built from an original 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 bodyshell with registration ‘XKB 353J', this particular car was built in 2008 into an FIA Appendix K competition race car with valid FIA HTP papers until 31st December 2017. After selling his much beloved Cologne Capri, Vince Woodman purchased this car and put it into his famous Broadspeed VWM Motors livery. The specification of the car includes a Ridgeway Engines rebuilt 2.0 BDG unit mated to a 5-speed ZF gearbox, disc brakes both front and rear, a competition specification wiring loom, Avon slick tyres, full roll cage, competition seat and 5-point harness. Prospective buyers should satisfy themselves to the currency and legality of all safety equipment in this car. The car has only been used once since its rebuild and therefore presents in fine condition.

Supplied with a UK V5c and its current FIA HTP papers, this car comes from the home of a well-respected British Saloon car driver of the period and would be a welcome entrant at blue riband events including; Motor Racing Legends, HSCC meeting and the Heritage Touring Cup run by Peter Auto.

Registration: XKB 353J
Chassis Number: BB49KJ66725
Engine Number: KJ66725
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1600
Year of Manufacture: 1970
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 85,000 - 100,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The Race Retro Competition Car Sale will take place at the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LG (map/directions).

The lots can be viewed at the following times:

Friday 23rd February 2018 09:30 - 14:30

The auction will take place as follows:

Friday 23rd February 2018 14:30

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 : Silverstone Auctions customers are directed to enter through gate 1 only. All guests are required to register for the auction via this link : and entrance to the auction will be by catalogue only (£20 on the door).

Should you also wish to attend the Race Retro event, tickets can be purchased via

For further information about The Race Retro Classic Car Sale, 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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