Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025
Lot 369
1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon
Registration no. YKO 512S Chassis no. GCATUU72025
Sold for £52,900 (US$ 85,710) inc. premium

Lot Details
Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025 Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new,1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GCATUU72025
Left-hand drive, One of only two known survivors, Ex-Ford Motor Company press fleet, Circa 11,000 miles from new
1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Series X Sports Saloon
Registration no. YKO 512S
Chassis no. GCATUU72025

Footnotes

  • 'With Series X kits you can add authentic Rallye Sport style and performance to your RS2000. You can specify more power, bigger brakes, stiffer suspension, lightweight alloy wheels, airdam, spoiler, wheel arches – with Series X you make as much or as little change as you like.' – Ford Motor Company.

    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. Ford customers could choose between GT and 1.6-litre Twin Cam or - later on - RS1600 and Mexico models. Manufactured at Ford's Advanced Vehicles Operations plant, the latter pair were closely related, the Mexico being, in effect, an RS1600 fitted with a 1.6-litre ohv 'Kent' engine in place of the RS1600's 16-valve Cosworth BDA. Both models had shortcomings: the Mexico being not fast enough for many while the 'homologation special' RS1600, although very quick, was expensive to produce 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.

    For those who wanted more from their RS2000, Ford offered the 'Series X' kit of accessories, which offered improvements for the body, wheels, engine, transmission, rear axle, suspension, steering and brakes. Originally registered on the Continent as 'K-HJ 184', the left-hand drive car offered here is one of only two known survivors of five press-fleet RS2000s built by Ford to promote the Series X options available from Rallye Sport dealers. Not all the options went into each of the cars but between them they showcased everything that was available. This particular RS2000 is fitted with Group 1 Zakspeed-type glassfibre wheelarches with three-piece front spoiler; Group 1 twin-carburettor engine assembly (150bhp); 7.5x13 RS alloy wheels shod with Pirelli CN36 tyres; 69-litre long range fuel tank; full Group 1 Bilstein suspension with anti-dive kit; 'quick' steering rack; Rocket (close-ratio) gear set; limited-slip differential; ventilated brake discs with heavy-duty pads; and a set of Scheel seats.

    The car was sent to Germany for promotion, then Belgium and Luxembourg before ending up in a Belgian museum where it remained until 1991. It was then reregistered back in the UK and offered for sale by Oakfields in London. A Saudi Arabian prince purchased the Escort and kept it in his collection. This actual car featured in Ford RS2000 brochures published in Germany and Belgium (copies available) and is pictured in Graham Robson's book 'Ford Escort RS' (page 108, signed copy available). It remains in remarkably original condition; indeed, every PDI mark and quality control paint dab can clearly be seen on the underside.

    In more recent times the Escort has competed in the Ford RS Owners' Club's 'Expert' concours class, winning its class at 14 shows during 2012/2013. It was the National Day winner both years; the overall Gold Cup winner in 2013; the Lakes Tour 'Car of the Show' in 2012 and 2013; overall 'Car of the Show' in 2012; and sponsors' 'Car of the Show' in 2012 and 2013. Unique and stunning, it has covered only 17,776 kilometres (approximately 11,000 miles) from new and is described as 'concours' throughout. Many cars are so described but this one comes with the trophies to prove it. Offered with V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the trophies do not come with the car as catalogued.
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