1986 Ford RS200 Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia/Tickford Registration no. L7 LCG Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00194 Engine no. GL00194
Masterminded by its European Motorsports boss, Stuart Turner, the RS200 was Ford's ambitious attempt at producing a championship winning Group B rally car. The project commenced in 1983 with production of 200 cars planned in order to meet Group B requirements, hence the 'RS200' name. The design eventually crystallised as a compact mid-engined coupé powered by a turbo-charged version of the 1.8-litre 16-valve Cosworth BDA engine (the BDT) and equipped with four-wheel drive. This engine produced 250bhp in road-going trim with up to 500bhp available in rally tune. Ford's Italian subsidiary, Carrozzeria Ghia, was entrusted with the styling, producing a purposeful yet elegant design that has stood the test of time like few of its contemporaries. Aston Martin-owned Tickford built the composite bodyshells in Newport Pagnell. The RS200 was first publicly displayed in 1984 and homologated in February 1986 after the required 200 examples had been built. Its first World Championship event was that year's Swedish Rally, where the car driven by Kalle Grundel finished 3rd overall, a most promising debut. The RS200 went on to achieve a total of 19 wins and 32 podium finishes at international level before the year's end, securing several national championships along the way. Sadly, that would be the limit of its rallying achievements, as FISA pulled the plug on the Group B supercars at the end of a season blighted by a number of fatal accidents, some involving spectators. Seeking to recoup some of the £10 million rumoured to have been spent on the project, Ford stripped down 120 RS200s and rebuilt them as road-legal supercars to be sold at around £50,000 apiece. Car number '194' was first registered in 1994 and owned first by Dave Pickles as part of his private collection, being shown at RS Owners Club events up and won the country and winning the Club's National Day concours on a few occasions. Also a winner of the 'Ford Fair' concours in 2000, it has picked up over 40 trophies in all and been featured in 'Fast Ford' and 'Performance Ford' magazines. Noteworthy features include a 350bhp upgrade with in-car adjustable boost pressure; in-car 4WD shifter; lighting pod; 9½" Speedline rims; and the 'electric pack' comprising radio, central locking, electric mirrors, etc. Described as in generally excellent condition, 'L7 LCG' comes with full service history; all previous MoTs; red leather-bound service/repair manual; photographic build record from Tickford; most bills and repair receipts; current road fund licence; MoT to 30th April 2011 and Swansea V5. State-of-the-art automotive technology in its day and Ford's finest achievement since the GT40, the RS200 is the ultimate acquisition for the serious Ford collector.