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Ford Escort RS1600

Advert ID: 39701 To Be Auctioned

Advert Began: Oct 14, 2017, 18:32
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The original Ford Escort was introduced at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968 and soon became a commercial success as an attractive small family saloon. Ford had, for a number of years, used active participation in motor sport 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 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 being driven by 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.

Even today, Mk1 Escorts are still very popular in the historic rallying scene with their reputation for a great balance of power and handling, making them true driver's cars. The BDA engine emits a distinctive and appealing 'growl', which can be heard for quite a distance when the vehicle is being driven hard. Only 1,137 RS1600s were produced in total and with many of them ending their days against solid objects, they are now quite rare.

The car presented here is a 1972 Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600 and we believe it's one of the best examples surviving today. Looking very smart in its original colour of Daytona Yellow and coming from a well regarded private Ford collection, this is a special car having had the most thorough of restorations. Our Ford-enthusiast vendor only acquires and restores cars of a certain standing and he bought this genuine, matching-numbers car complete with its original shell and many rare factory features, almost ten years ago and set about making it the best RS1600 he could. All the work has been carried out to a 'Concours' standard, and the jewel-like engine was fully rebuilt by HT Racing. The car has had just three previous owners, the last being William Arnold, a senior member of the RS Owners Club. It still retains its original safety glass, headlights, and rare interior rubber matting, plus many other period-correct features, which all combine to ensure this car is as close to being perfect as is possible – not something we say very often. In astonishing condition and with some great provenance, this is a rare opportunity to acquire, what for many Ford enthusiasts, is the ultimate Escort model.

Registration: DDF 415L
Chassis Number: BFATMR42971
Engine Number: WE2353 / MR42971
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1601
Year of Manufacture: 1972
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 70,000 - 80,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.
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19 Dec 2013

Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0EP

Phone: +44 1926691141
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