<b>1986 Ford RS 200</b><br />Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00133<br />
Lot 53
Original condition throughout
In current ownership since 1989
1986 Ford RS 200
Design by Ghia
Coachwork by Tickford
US$ 200,000 - 300,000
€170,000 - 260,000
To be sold without reserve

Lot Details
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1986 Ford RS 200
Design by Ghia
Coachwork by Tickford

Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00133

1,803cc Turbocharged, Intercooled DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
250 bhp at 6,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle – All Wheel Drive
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of 148 delivered road-legal models
*Unmolested and highly original
*Purpose Built Group B Rally Car made legal for road use
*Long term collector ownership


THE FORD RS 200

The cars name, RS 200 stands for 'Rallye Sport, 200 built' was the brainchild of Ford UK Motorsport director, Stuart Turner. The RS 200 was Ford's ambitious attempt at producing a championship winning Group B rally car. Immediately prior to the project's inception Ford's frontline rally car had been the front-engined, rear-wheel driven Escort RS1800, while its intended replacement – the Fiesta-based RS1700T - was another rear-wheel-drive design. However, by this time Audi's Quattro had convincingly demonstrated the efficiency of four-wheel drive in rallying, prompting a drastic rethink at Boreham.

Overseen by Ford Motor Sports Chief Engineer, John Wheeler, the RS 200 project commenced in 1983 with production of 200 cars planned in order to meet Group B requirements. The design, by Tony Southgate, eventually penned by Filippo Sapino as a compact mid-engined coupé powered by a turbo-charged version of the 1.8-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder Cosworth BDA engine (the BDT) and equipped with four-wheel drive. This engine produced 250bhp in road-going trim with up to 600bhp 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 body-shells at Newport Pagnell.

The RS 200 was first publicly displayed in 1984 and homologated in February 1986 after the required 200 examples had been built, all apart from the initial six prototypes being completed at Reliant's factory at Shenstone, Staffordshire. 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 RS 200 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 rumored to have been spent on the project, Ford stripped down 120 RS 200s and rebuilt them as road-legal supercars to be sold at around £50,000 apiece.

State-of-the-art automotive technology in its day and Ford's finest achievement since the GT40, the RS 200 is the ultimate acquisition for the serious Ford collector. Extremely far ahead of its time, the RS 200's high level of motorsport engineering paved the way to the performance of many modern supercars of today.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Once completed by Ford-UK, this vehicle made its way to the United States in the late 1980s. The current owner, purchased this RS 200 from a Colorado based dealership in 1989, who never registered or titled the car for road use. Since purchased, this vehicle has only been stored in a controlled environment keeping its originality intact. This RS 200 is a road going model optioned with standard gray carpeting, red racing bucket seats, red leather steering wheel, tool kit, roll-up windows, standard 1-piece magnesium wheels, and full time 4-wheel drive. The Cosworth designed engine, assembled by JQF Engineering, only shows to have covered approximately 8300 miles since purchased. This vehicle stayed with The Auto Collections in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2002. It is recommended that a thorough mechanical check-up and service is performed, including replacement of the timing belt, before running this potent, Group B competition car. The car has not been started for the past decade. Highly original, with long term collector ownership, this iconic Ford will be one of the most memorable cars of the formidable Group B era.

Footnotes

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