Estimate: £38,000 - £48,000
Registration Number: OUH 619H
Chassis Number: 9CATSA04095
The late 1970s were a very successful period in rallying for Ford. The Mark II Escort continued its predecessor's unbeaten run on the RAC Rally, winning every year from 1975–79 and winning a variety of other events around the world as well. In the 1979 season of the World Rally Championship, Björn Waldegård took the drivers' title, Hannu Mikkola was runner-up and Ari Vatanen finished the year in fifth place, all driving Escort RS1800s.
The works rally cars were highly specialised machines whose bodyshells were heavily strengthened. OUH 619H is fitted with wide 901 wheel arch extensions, and four large spotlights for night stages, with period relays. It is also fitted with a new oil cooler, and disc braked rear axle.
This RS1800 is a very rare matching number car, with the same engine and shell it left the factory with. The engine is still on standard bore, which is incredibly rare. A new stainless ste