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FIA Ford Fiesta Group 2 Rally Car

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FIA Ford Fiesta Group 2 Rally Car – This, freshly built, Group 2 Ford Fiesta Rally Car is an homage to Roger Clark/Jim Porter’s 1979 Monte Carlo works car and has yet to be used in anger.

In mid-1977 the original Fiesta had just gone on sale in Britain and Ford’s marketing team were looking for ways to promote their new toy. Motorsport was their traditional approach but the Fiesta was never designed with motorsport in mind. Although it was a nimble little car, with front-wheel drive and good handling, the road cars weren’t very quick, and there was no RS model in prospect. All was not lost though, and a good deal of work went into developing the little car. Now, because the US-market Fiesta launched in 1978 was fitted with a five-bearing 1.6-litre ‘Kent’ engine as standard, and was selling in sizeable quantities, there was no problem in getting it homologated.

Even so, a great deal of effort would be needed to make such a car go at all fast enough, or indeed to transmit all its limited power through the 13-inch cast-alloy front wheels. Purely as a try-out. Ford decided to enter two newly-homologated Fiesta 1600s for the Monte Carlo Rally, running them in GRP2 guise, which meant that Brian Hart could boost the engines using twin-choke Weber carburettors. By using every scrap of knowledge already gained with the ageing ‘Kent’ engine, and by fitting two double-choke Weber carbs, Hart was able to squeeze about 150 bhpfrom the 1.6-litre engine. There was also dry sump lubrication, with the cylindrical oil tank in the boot. It was never going to be enough to win the event, although the cars might be surprisingly rapid in GRP2 form. Even in Monte Carlo, where front-wheel drive might be good on icy roads, transmitting that power through the front wheels might be a problem. In GRP2, fitting larger diameter wheels was strictly against the regulations.

Two cars were entered for the Monte, one (Roger’s car) to be built at Boreham, the other at Ford-Cologne. On the event itself, both Roger (in DHJ 500T) and Ari Vatanen (his German-built car carrying a French registration, 9543GR92) struggled to find enough grip, though Ari set one third-fastest and one fourth-fastest stage time overall on the snowy stages. If his car hadn’t suffered from a broken driveshaft at one point he would certainly have finished higher than 10th while Roger finished a creditable13th.

Offered here is an FIA papered, Group 2 Ford Fiesta Rally Car (DHJ 508T) which is a recreation of Roger Clarks 1979 Monte Carlo works car that’s just been built, offered at a fraction of the build cost and has yet to be used in anger.

The specification is impressive, and we list the information below:

  • RSD prepared shell fully braised and strengthened Group 2 shell T45 welded-in cage.
  • Group 2 alloy arches with correct bumper cuts and full length sump guard.
  • Anti scratch Lexan windows and heated screen
  • Works-type dash and flocked panels
  • Works-type interior window firewall and ally tank.
  • Jondel race engines all-steel, x-flow, twin 45 Webbers, dry-sump oil system.
  • Modified Quaife 4-speed ib5 straight-cut gearbox with viscous LSD
  • Group 2 100mm output flanges with custom heavy-duty drive shafts. AP paddle clutch.
  • All new re-manufactured Bilstein Group 2 suspension to comply with FIA regulations.
  • Group 2 ally hubs assembly Bilstein adjustable front struts with camber adjustment.
  • Group 2 heavy-duty cross-member with Rose-jointed lower arms and tie rods.
  • Modified rear beam with removeable Group 2 stub axles and calliper mounting brackets.
  • Bilstein coil-over dampers, 2.25springs.
  • AP 4-pot CP2270 callipers with vented AP discs mounted to Group 2 drive flange.
  • Group 2 bias pedal box Girling .625 cylinders
  • Rear brakes modified ATE 2-pot callipers AP vented discs
  • PTFE stainless brake lines and fittings.
  • Bespoke steering rack to match original Quaife quick-rack assembly.
  • Group 2 upper steering Colum.
  • Boot mounted ally 50-litre tank foam-filled, twin red-top pumps, King filter
  • Bespoke competition wiring loom, Wasp starter motor.
  • In-date seats and belts
  • Electric plumbed-in Lifeline fire system
  • Fly-off hand brake.
  • Included with the car are a set of Jim Porter’s pace notes for Roger that were used on the Monte along with the original rally plates.(see pics)

To replicate this car today would cost over £120,000 and due to a change in the sellers circumstances, this example is now available for its next lucky owner. It has yet to be used in anger and is offered at less than half the build price! Being FIA Group 2, its eligible for a variety of historic rallying competitions making this a very rare opportunity indeed.



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by Silverstone Auctions
Published: 19 July 2023 (2 months ago)
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19 Dec 2013
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+44 (0) 1926 691 141
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