Sun International Example, USA Titled/Registered
Well Maintained Escort Cosworth With Tasteful Upgrades
Monte Carlo Edition Front Seats
Known History From New
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was Ford of Europe’s answer to creating a competitive Grp A rally contender. Based on a shortened AWD Ford Sierra floorpan, they mated it to the “new” Escort bodyshell. However, no panels are really interchangeable with the standard Escort. Flared fenders, large wings, scoops, and vents all designed with the goal of homologation for Grp A helped distinguish the car’s silhouette.
For that homologation to be awarded FIA regulations required 2.500 (later raised to 5,000) examples to be built. The Escort Cosworth was a successful road car, and Ford ended up producing over 7,000 before the end of production in 1996.
These Escort Cosworths were true “forbidden fruit” in the USA in the 1990s. Enter Sun International – the now defunct, but well-known importer of said fruit. Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Sun brought in a variety of cars in the 1980s and 1990s – Renault R5 Turbos, several Group B rally cars, 1970s/1980s Ferraris, and of course the Ford Escort Cosworths that we are huge fans of here at Northwest European.
This specific example is a car we know well. We bought it from the original USA owner, and drove the car for a year before selling it when it was showing 88K miles in late 2017. Back here now for sale showing 90K miles, the car remains a solid example of a late Escort Cosworth. Recent work includes fitting a new front lower spoiler, repairing the air conditioning system, and a four wheel alignment. Upgrades include Ford Motorsport front seats (from the rare "Monte" edition, they are Recaro manufactured), 3" Mongoose stainless exhaust system, and a Blaupunkt radio with trunk mounted CD changer.
The later production cars (such as this one here) are generally known as the "small turbo" cars, as they used a Garrett T25 turbo instead of the larger T35 of the "big turbo" early cars. Make no mistake, this car is still quite fast despite the label. The turbo spools immediately and thus presents a car that is easier to drive around town without the turbo lag of the earlier cars. This is the one to drive daily - as it was by the original owner for many years! Also of note, is that this car has the "optional 280HP" kit from new. Having had several of these Escort Cosworth RS cars here at Northwest European, we can tell you this car is quite quick.
The opportunity to own a Ford Escort Cosworth RS is already rare, with ~7000 in total worldwide production, and many of those no longer in circulation. Even rarer is to own one in the USA, with less than 30 known to be stateside. Here is a chance to sample some of the forbidden fruit, and have a true homologation special in your garage.
Please contact Jason at +1-206-355-7727 for more information on this 1995 Ford Escort Cosworth RS for sale.