Ford RS200 400 bhpAdvert ID: 39205 £195,000 GBP
A relative latecomer to the Group B era, Ford’s flagship the RS200 made its competitive WRC debut at the Swedish Rally in 1986. The Quattro put paid to their plans to run the RS1700T thus a new 4WD design was sought. Engineered by Brit John Wheeler, the RS200 featured an extremely rigid and safe aluminium monocoque chassis, Ferguson 4WD system, double wishbones suspension all round, a turbocharged Cosworth BD engine and was clad in composite body panels. With the might of the blue oval behind it in terms of finance and engineering resource it was a very capable rally car.
Despite front running performances the RS200 never managed a WRC victory but in 1986, Belgian driver Robert Droogmans was crowned European Rally Champion in his example. For homologation purposes, Ford were required to build 200 examples. Records however state that just 146 examples were ‘sold’ (the remaining required numbers were ‘dismantled for spares’…).
Chassis CGL00186 was delivered new on the 13th of September 1988 to David Dees of Ford agency Dees of Croydon. A UK RHD example, chassis 186 was specified with rally seats and to 350 bhp specification. Per the documents that accompany the car, it was received by Aston Martin Tickford for minor works on the 1st October 1989 with a recorded mileage of 1961 miles. MOT certificates on file show very limited use with recorded mileages of 2967 in September 1991, 3482 in June 1994, 3532 in August 1995, 3602 in January 1997, 3693 in February 2000 and 3700 in June 2001 when it was sold to its second owner, Robert (Robbie) Smith of Nairn, a small town near Inverness, Scotland.
The local Ford agency, W & R Murray of Alford, Aberdeenshire maintained the car but Robbie too used it sparingly with the odometer still only showing 4,499 miles by July 2006 when it received an extensive engine overhaul by W & R Murray. 186 was then placed into storage until 2010 when it was recommissioned for the road by local competition car specialist Ricky Gauld.
After recommissioning, 186 was sold to its current owner who instructed RS200 specialist Geoff Page of Maldon, Essex to carry out a full engine rebuild and upgrade the power output to over 400 BHP plus a chassis and suspension overhaul. Invoices on file for this work total in excess of £50,000 and interested parties should inquire for full details relating to this. It has been a well-known example within RS200 circles and was selected to be represented in a Group B article (the cover feature) by Classic & Sportscar in their December 2016 edition.
Chassis 186 was registered in the UK as ‘66 DBD’ from new and has retained this number throughout its life with its three fastidious owners. The current recorded mileage is still under 5,000 so as one would expect with such careful, limited use and much expenditure the car is in exceptional condition, drives particularly well and has immense performance. Benefiting from an enviable mix of specification, the Motorsport stripes, lamp pod, variable transmission shift and the power upgrade makes his one of the most desirable examples extant. In recent years it has been tended to by respected RS200 specialist Simon Rudge who in turn speaks very highly of the car and remains keen to stay close to the car should the next custodian require.
This excellent and unmolested example comes complete with spare keys, sales brochures and owner’s manual and a very well documented history file.
Mark Donaldson Ltd
17 Sep 2015
Hartley Wintney, RG27 8RT
Phone: +44 1252 845818