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1979 FORD ESCORT RS2000 - £Auction 18000

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The Australian RS2000 was built for twoyears only (1979/1980) at the Homebush plant in SydneyAround 880 4-door cars were built with less than a dozen believed to be in the UKImmaculate in Signal Yellow with a fully retrimmedinterior using originalfabricsRefurbed original RS alloy wheels and new Pirellis. Unleaded head conversionThesecars have someunique features including a larger fuel tank, strengthened shellsetcLetter of Authenticity from the RS Owners Club confirming its pedigree64,364miles (atoc). Fresh MOT with No Advisories. UK V5c. Very sensibly guidedThe Mk IIEscort RS2000 story in Australia starts back in 1976 when Ford imported a batch of 25 German-built RS2000s, 25 being the important number to satisfy the Aussie touring car homologation rules of the day, giving Ford a ticket into the two-litre class of local touring car racing where guys like Bob Holden, a former Bathurst winner, went on to compete with other two-litre contenders such as Toyota Celicas and Dolomite Sprints. The German cars were snapped up by race teams, and since only 25 of these ultra-competitive cars were imported and with Bathurst heritage and the sort of exposure that racing brings, they were naturally sought after and developed a bit of a cult following.Ford naturally reacted to this and, with an existing plant in Sydney already churning out Mk IIs, it seemed logical to produce the RS2000 locally.However, a number of complications and procrastinations, including the fact that the much-revered RS moniker in Europe is a commonly used insult in Oz, meant that it was almost three years later that RS2000s began rolling out of the Homebush factory. Uniquely, in Australia, the RS2000 was available with four doors and 880 of thesewere made in comparison to 1,500 two-door cars.So, whilst people in Australia did slightly favour the 2-door version, it's clear thatlocals didn't directly feel that sports versions necessarily had to have only two doors. Probably, the fact that some of the fastest locally produced muscle cars were four-doors was a factor as well asthe whole notion of a four-door not being sportywasn't as entrenched in the mindset of Australian enthusiasts as it was over here.However the Australian cars were not mechanically identical to their European cousins lacking theradius arms, alloy sump/bell housing etc. and the 2.0-litre single overhead camshaft Pintoengine.But they were effectively a standard 2-litre Mk II with the distinctive droop-snoot front end, RS alloys, all-black interior and RS graphics. Mind you, with 94bhp and a torquey delivery, a relatively close-ratio four-speed gearbox and a weighbridge ticket of about 950kg, the Mk II RS2000 was remarkably quick for a 4-cylinder car and it was really only rotary-engined Mazdas that could stay with a two-litre Escort.This lovely, four-door, example dates from 1979 beginning life at Fords Homebush plant near Sydney and, according to the Letter of Authenticity from the RS Owners Club, is a genuine RS2000. Its one of probably less than a dozen four-door cars to have returned to its spiritual home and having spent most of its life in a very favourable climate, has never required major bodywork and appears to be in lovely condition. The Signal Yellow paintwork retains a deep shine, the black window surrounds are in good shape, the engine bay is showroom standard. The RS alloys have been refurbished and fitted with fresh Pirellis and it has hada five-speed gearbox fitted. The interior, however, has been fully refurbished and sports the correct RS instruments and steering wheel and the black leather FishnetRecaros are European-specification as opposed to the more basic Scheel ones fitted from new. It has also been converted to run on lead-free petrol and has just sailed through an MOT with no advisories.This is a very rare fast Ford,a worthy addition to any collection and would certainly be a conversation starter at RS Owners meets where very few people would have seen another one.

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  • RefCode: TA1183999

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