1969 Ford Escort R5 2000  Chassis no. GBATJR49350
Lot 30
1969 Ford Escort Mk1 'RS2000' Group 4 Rally Car Chassis no. GBATJR49350
€45,000 - 65,000
US$ 55,000 - 80,000

Lot Details
1969 Ford Escort R5 2000  Chassis no. GBATJR49350 1969 Ford Escort R5 2000  Chassis no. GBATJR49350 1969 Ford Escort R5 2000  Chassis no. GBATJR49350
1969 Ford Escort Mk1 'RS2000' Group 4 Rally Car
Chassis no. GBATJR49350
It was the Escort that put Ford on the rallying map, proving capable of winning World Championship events from 1968 onwards and even into the 1980s. For many though, the Mexico version was not fast enough while the 'homologation special' RS1600, although very quick, was expensive and required careful maintenance. The answer lay in a new model: the RS2000. Powered by the 2.0-litre single-overhead-camshaft 'Pinto' engine, the RS2000 was a huge success, proving quicker than the Mexico and easier to live with than the RS1600.

Originally an Escort 1600, this Pinto-powered example has been prepared for historic rallying by Marc Fastres, its owner in 2008, who is an Escort specialist well known for the durability of his engines. After making some improvements, the current owner participated in the 'Boucles de Spa' in 2010, 2011 and 2012, finishing 9th overall last year. The Escort also contested various 'ice and snow' events in 2011, enjoying several skirmishes with Jean-Pierre Van de Wauwer's Lancia Beta Monte Carlo.

The Ford Escort is the perfect rally car for the novice because it is well-balanced and relatively easy to drift. As well as events such as the 'Boucles de Spa', this car is ideal for all types of rallies including the 'Monte Carlo Historique' and is equally at home in snow and ice as it is in the sands of Morocco. Distinctively finished in a unique colour scheme, it is ready for further competition work and comes with valid Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique.

Née Escort 1600, cet exemplaire à moteur Pinto a été préparé pour la pratique du rallye historique par Marc Fastres, son propriétaire en 2008, spécialiste de l'Escort réputé pour la durabilité de ses moteurs. Après avoir introduit quelques améliorations, le propriétaire actuel a participé aux 'Boucles de Spa' en 2010, 2011 et 2012 en terminant 9ieme au général lors de cette dernière édition. L'Escort a disputé aussi diverses épreuves 'type neige et glace' en 2011 où elle a livré quelques duels avec la Lancia Beta Monte Carlo de Jean-Pierre Van de Wauwer.

La Ford Escort est la parfaite machine de rallye pour le débutant en raison de son bon équilibre et de sa relative facilité de contrôle en dérive. Outre des épreuves comme les 'Boucles de Spa', la voiture qui convient à tout type de rallye dont le Monte Carlo Historique se comporte très bien sur la neige et le verglas comme sur le sable du Maroc. Spécialement peinte dans un schéma de couleur unique et prête à courir, elle est accompagnée de sa carte grise et de son contrôle technique.

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