1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103

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1986 Ford RS 200
Coachwork by Tickford – Design by Ghia

Sold for £ 135,900 (US$ 160,863) inc. premium
1986 Ford RS 200
Coachwork by Tickford – Design by Ghia

Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
*Rare and iconic Group B Homologation special
*In current ownership for 28 years
*Unmolested and highly original example showing under 1,200 miles on the odometer
*Purpose built rally car made legal for road use

Footnotes

  • The RS 200 (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 RS 1800, while its intended replacement – the Fiesta-based RS 1700T - 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. Ford's rumored investment in the model was more than £10 million. 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.

    State-of-the-art automotive technology in its day and Ford's finest achievement since the GT 40, 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.

    According to the Ford Motor Company issued Manufacturer's Statement of Origin on file, issued by the Boreham, UK based Ford Motorsport Department, this RS 200 was completed in 1986. A right-hand drive example of the rare and iconic model, the car came into the current ownership in 1989, when it was purchased from Big Boy Toys, Inc. of Mead, Colorado, in nearly new condition. 

    The RS 200 has remained in the US until now, and was on static display for the past decades at the well-known Auto Collections in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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.

    Today, this rare RS 200 presents in highly original state throughout, and does not appear to ever have been used much. The odometer reads just under 1,200 miles. The exterior does not appear to have been disturbed since finished at the factory, with original emblems and decals intact. The racing-themed interior appears to be in equally original condition, and feature the red steering wheel and gear knob. The engine compartment is a treat for any fan of racing cars; everything is high-tech even by today's standards, with pipes and hoses running everywhere, dry sump tanks, and the massive intercooler bridging over it all. 

    Highly original, and in the current ownership for 28 years, this iconic Ford is one of the most memorable models of the formidable Group B era.

    Should the vehicle remain in the EU, local import taxes of 5% will be applied to the hammer price.
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1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
1986 Ford RS 200  Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
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