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Hugely original and unrestored, with just one (titled) owner from newJust 64,450 miles indicated andin a commensuratecondition. Drives superblyRecently recommissioned with a new timing belt, brakes andclutch assemblyAccompanied by a large history file and its original book-packIn 1978, an RS2000 Custom was anextremely aspirational purchase, with the distinctive polyurethane droop snootfront end and air dam, plus a2.0-litre,four-cylinder, SOHC, Pintoengine, offering0-60mph injust 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 108mphUnlike the Mk1 Escort, which was designed by Ford of Great Britain, the Mk2 was a much more sophisticated design jointly developed with Ford of Germany. Based on a standard Mk2 two-door saloon shell, the RS2000 used the familiar 2-litre, four-cylinder, SOHC, Pintoengine mounted longitudinally in the bay driving the rear wheels. A single twin-venturi 32/36 DGAV Weber carburettor was fitted with the option of a Group 1dual Weber 40 DCNF or IDF set up. The front suspension used independent MacPherson struts with an anti-roll bar and at the rear, traditional leaf springs with telescopic dampers were utilised. Front-mounted discs and rear drums were used, and four-spoke alloy wheels came as standard. Its biggest distinguishing feature was thedroop snoot polyurethane nose housing four headlamps which gave it a rather aggressive look. The new car was capable of 110mph with 0-60mph taking 8.9 seconds, not too shabby in 1976, and which combined with the cars distinctive looks and that shiny RS badge, set Fords showroom doors swinging.In September 1978, Ford introduced the RS2000 Custom which came fitted with Fishnet Recaro seats, full door cards, clock and pod, centre console, 6Jx13" alloys, boot carpet, remote drivers door mirror and a black panel around the rear lights. In 1980, an RS2000 Custom was an extremely aspirational purchase, with the distinctive polyurethane droop snootfront end and air dam,distinguishing it from any other Escort.The car presented here is a 1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom in extraordinary unrestored condition. The car was known to and admired by our vendor for many years, beforeeventually becomingits secondowner in 2016. Apparently, ithad front wing repeater lamps fitted from new asthe original owner used to drive toFrance occasionally. It wasprofessionally rustproofed from new by Vehicle Rust Proofing Ltd. of Aldershot (guarantee card present). Mostly left as is, ithas always been well maintained, professionally stored, with very minimum paintwork and just refurbished alloy wheels, new Pirelli tyres and some recent recommissioning.