1978 Ford Escort

RS 2000 Mk 2

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1978
  • Mileage 
    58 000 mi / 93 342 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    GCATUJ01011
  • Engine number 
    SL52054
  • Lot number 
    372
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Black
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

Built to period Group 1 specSubsequently owned by Ford enthusiast and used at Club level for Sprints etc.Total restoration with a photographic recordFeatured in Fast Ford MagazineYour earliest inspection is encouraged and welcomedUnlike 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.This original RS2000, first registered in 1978 and finished in factory black, has led an interesting life. With the Ford Motor Company as its first owner, XPB 142S was used as a factory demonstrator to help marketthe 'Group 1' tuning parts that were available from Ford dealers at the time, hence the upgraded brakes, suspension ( Bilsteins and single leaf springs ), anti-roll bar, twin downdraught IDF Webers, bespoke inlet manifold and large bore exhaust.Itssecond owner was believed to be a privateer, enjoyingthe car to the best of his abilities for the next twenty-five years in rallies and sprints and picking up the inevitablebattle scars along the way! Moving forward to 2009, an enthusiast with a serious Ford affliction, came acrossthe little black RSin need of some attention andoffered for sale as an MOT failure.Adecision was made and the car was purchased with a serious case of rejuvenation in mind and so the road to recovery began, resulting in what has been described by several Classic Car Specialists as one of the finest examples in the country. The rebuild left no stone unturned, a full-body strip and rebuild followed with attention to detail being at the forefront of the builder's mind, even down to replacing the factory spot welds where everpossible, a total engine overhaul incorporating a new Stage 3 head, new pistons,'Tuftrided' crank, a new pair of44 IDFs, new Gartrac rear suspension, Bilstein dampers, LSD, gearbox overhaul and the list goes on! Internally much of the original trim was kept as it had weathered remarkably well but the seats were replaced with RS1800 items for an added air of period authenticity.The condition today remains outstanding with superb attention to detail throughout and your early inspection, pre-sale is recommended. Currently available as the current Ford fanatic owner and collector is emigrating providing a rare opportunity to purchase an outstanding Mk 2RS 2000 with a tale to tell.Accompanied by invoices from years gone by, Fast Ford magazine featured article, numerous period pictures including sprints at Goodwood, rebuild pictures, tax discs and MOTCertificates.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 372 - 1978 Ford Escort RS 2000 Mk 2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtmIuMisLIo&list=PLpda0JQHP0SqBFMhPLG64ALbH042UjD__&index=78true