1974 Ford Escort

RS 2000 Mk1

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1974
  • Mileage 
    44 000 mi / 70 812 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    BFATPY00400
  • Engine number 
    PY00400
  • Lot number 
    373
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Olympic Blue
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

The Escort RS 2000 was the last car to be introduced to Ford's Advanced VehiclerangeTotal rebuild by ASM Classics and restored to factory standard specificationFinished in Olympic Blue with a lovely interior. Showroom quality engine bayVery rare Green Glass option remains fittedApproximately200 miles since completion and as clean underneath as it is on topYour earliest inspection is encouraged and welcomedThe Escort RS2000 was the last car to be introduced to Ford's 'Advanced Vehicle'range in June of 1973and dovetailed nicely with its performance almost comparable to the more complex RS1600, but with the reliability and ease of maintenance of the Mexico. The car used the same Type 49 bodyshell as the Mexico and RS1600, however, there was a new engine in use at Ford, the 2-litre overhead cam, 100bhp, 'Pinto' design, which seemed, on paper, ideal for the RS. Fords then had the major problem of persuading the new bulky Pinto engine to fit into the engine bay, which was something it had never been designed to do. The only way of achieving this was by discarding the engine-driven cooling fan and replacing it with a thermostatically controlled Kenlowe unit. The most appropriate gearbox was the German 'E-box', which was totally different to the one fitted to the RS1600, and the final drive was 3.54:1. The car was launched in England on 11th October 1973 priced at 1,586.Andy Stapleyof ASM Classics, a well-respectedauthority on all things Ford has been responsible for the restoration of this remarkable RS 2000to a standard rarely achieved. The car had languished for many years awaiting its turn to be put back on the road and consequently, it had suffered in the meantime with extensive restoration being required. Andy Stapley was commissioned around 2014 to take on the project and, with the job assessed and works commenced, it clearly became evident that a total build was required. Halfway through the rejuvenation, the project stalledunfortunately and the RS was put on the back burner once again. Eventually, a new custodian was found and work commenced in earnest. With ASM being the go-to company for projects of this stature a decision was made to complete the rebuild to factory specification and as it would have rolled off the production line in 1974, without modification, which is becoming the norm forso many of these 1970/1980's Fast Ford restorations. However subtle enhancements have been hidden within the vehicle such as an alloy radiator and a Kenlowe fan, discreetly fitted and made to look like the original spec. items. Once complete, and after onlycovering some 10 miles,the factory-fresh Ford was sold on to its present owner to take its place in his impressive Ford collection.The standard of the RS 2000 on offer here, is quite simply stunning, from the Olympic Blue exterior finishthrough the immaculate interior to the detailed engine bay and perfect underside. The restoration has been carried out to a very high standard, panel fit is superb throughout, the chrome work is bright and untarnished, and the doors open and close with a solid thud with no sign of droop or misalignment. Internally the cloth seats are in excellent order and are complemented by superb door cards and carpet set.Even the very rare option of tinted green glass is still in place. Having covered only a very few hundred miles since completion, a further period of running in is recommended before the real enjoyment commences.This Mk1 RSwould be most welcome at any Ford event or in fact any other motoring event such is itsquality. With so many vehicles of this era receiving partial or amateurrestorations, this stand-out example ticks all the boxes and then some. If it's the best that you had in mind,then look no further. All credit to ASM for the quality of the finished article that would be almost impossible to replicate within the sensible estimates guided here.You can now book a one to one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact us on 01926 691 141 to secure your appointment or [email protected] to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment. Lot 373 - 1974 Ford Escort RS 2000 Mk1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21bzmNX2tAg&list=PLpda0JQHP0SqBFMhPLG64ALbH042UjD__&index=75true