Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. BFATLU17106 Engine no. NC00463
It was the Escort that really put Ford on the rallying map, proving capable of winning World Championship events from 1968, when the Twin Cam model was the works' frontline rally car, right through to 1981 when Ari Vatanen became World Rally Champion driving an Escort RS. In 1970 the Ford Twin Cam engine was replaced by a Cosworth BDA 16-valve unit to create the definitive Escort rally car - the RS1600 - though the engine was, in fact, homologated at 1,601cc to enable future enlargement up to the 2-litre class capacity limit. The first full 2.0-litre engines were homologated in 1972 and in works trim produced 235-240bhp. In this ultimate form the Escort RS1600 proved good enough to win the RAC Rally three times on the trot between 1972 and 1974, as well as a host of other World Championship events. There was also a closely related 'spin off' variant: the overhead-valve Kent-engined Mexico, which was intended to cater for those that wanted the RS1600's style but had no need for its stupendous performance.
We are advised that this RS1600 was in fair condition when it was discovered in storage in 2008 by a Mr Hodgkin, a Ford 'RS' enthusiast. Mr Hodgkin undertook its restoration to a high standard with the intention of giving the Escort to his son as an 18th birthday present. As it happened, father and son agreed that the car was far too good to use as an 'everyday driver' and so it was driven to only a handful of events before being returned to storage. Works carried out during the course of the 2008 restoration included a full engine rebuild; stripping and dipping the bodyshell; renewing some body panels; rebuilding the gearbox and drive train; and rewiring the electrics. The gearbox, suspension and engine were upgraded at the same time, the latter being fitted with larger-than-standard valves. Finished in white with black interior, this rare and highly desirable 'Performance Ford' is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document.