1971 Ford Escort

RS 1600


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    250 PS / 184 kW / 247 BHP
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Ford Escort RS 1600 1971

The beguining of the legend RS
Built between 1970 and 1974, the Ford Escort RS1600 is an evolution of the earlier Escort Twin Cam. Built at first in Halewood and later by Ford's Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) team on a purpose-built assembly line in its factory at Aveley in Essex , Harper Engineering contributed the Cosworth-developed DOHC, 16-valve engine, which developed 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque in factory trim. These figures, allied to an all-up weight of only around 870kgs, mean the lightweight Escort is good for a top speed of 182 KM / H and at 0-100 KM / H time of around 8.3 seconds.

Contemporary road tests talk glowingly of the car's staggering performance and visceral engine note, which is hardly surprising as it was basically an homologation special, only offered to the public in order to meet the requirements of Group 2, which insisted that 1,000 examples be built and sold; this was very definitely a fully-fledged competition machine.

It is thought that only 1,137 cars were built in total, making the RS1600 one of the rarest cars of its type as well as one of the most successful rally cars of the seventies. Escort proved a world-beater, famously dominating the London-Mexico World Cup Rally in 1970 and proved a fabulous weapon on the road. The Escort was clearly capable of handling even more power and Ford created a legend when it launched the limited production RS1600 in 1970, the first in a lineage of “Rallye Sport” Fords that lives on today.

This spec Example:

First registered in 1971 and presented in Ermine white, this Ford Escort RS1600 has been fabulously prepared for historic rallying. This example is supplied with its original Portuguese registration.

- Delivered new in Portugal, 1 of the two new units sold in Portugal

-Its one of only a few survirvers LHD in the world

- Probably the most successful rally car of the 70s

-Remain is original BDA engine by Cosworth boxed

- Fully equipped for historic Rallys

- A serious amount of money was spend on This preparation


- The bodyshell was fitted with arches, Ford Motorsport plates and Rienforments, along with a Safety Devices bolt-in roll cage Gr4 with door bars.

- High Power Provied from a Jondel Racing Engine (BDG) With 250 hp, Dry Cart with Stainless Steel tank

- Adjusteble Bilstein suspensions

- Alcon performance Brakes

- Atlas full floating differential

Supplied with a Portuguese historic regularity rally car pass, this RS1600 is a competitive car and an ideal entry into the world of Historic Rallying.