Estimate: £100,000 - £130,000
Registration Number: SFACXXBJ2CGL00182
Chassis Number: A20O EV
Following the introduction of the MKIII Escort in 1980, Ford Motorsport set about development of rear-wheel-drive, turbocharged variant of the vehicle that could be entered into competition in Group B rally racing, and dubbed the new vehicle the Escort RS 1700T.
The new vehicle was a unique design, featuring a plastic/fibreglass composite body designed by Ghia, a mid-mounted engine and four-wheel drive. The chassis was designed by former Formula One designer Tony Southgate, with Ford's John Wheeler, a former F1 engineer, aiding in early development. A double wishbone suspension setup with twin dampers on all four wheels aided handling and helped give the car what was often regarded as being the best balanced platform of any of the RS200's contemporary competitors.
For 1987, Ford had planned to introduce an "Evolution" variant of the RS200, featuring a 2137cc development of the BDT engine (calle