Of course, there are several rally cars offered, but …….. how do you recognize a very real, honest and well-prepared car? Well, that is actually only possible by having a lot of experience with (classic) cars and in rallying. We are fortunate to be active for four decades in this world, both private and business. In this way we have already seen many “cars who looked to be the real one”, but from a professional point a view, these ones were not to compare with the cars we offer nowadays. We are always extremely careful with what kind of cars we offer.
This is also the case with this Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 from year 1975. The numbers were checked first, which showed that we are dealing here with an original RS2000, not a 1100cc or 1300cc with a RS badge. An RS is of course a big plus historically, but for performing at a sporting high level, quite a few upgrades have been made. And because of that it has not become a less attractive car, to be honest. We can show the long list of upgrades, but that doesn’t make much sense. However, we do not want to deny you a small list: 2.0 liter OHC engine with 160 hp (output of power bank present), reinforced 5-speed gearbox, adjustable coil spring set front and rear, disc brakes front and rear, and a reinforced rear axle with lsd, just to mention a few important issues.
The professionel or experienced hobby rallydriver already has a good impression by viewing the pictures what we are talking about, and for those who do not have the right rally knowledge, we are very happy to plan plenty of time for this and to explain all the ins and outs. This is really a car for someone who wants to enjoy a very manageable car with a great horsepower / weight ratio (160 hp / 885 kg.), and the beautiful looks of one of the most important rally cars ever. This person is very welcome to come over and experience this great Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000.
The Escort was introduced in Great Britain as the successor to the Anglia. It was a fairly conventional car at the time, with an engine in the front that powered the rear wheels. Initially the car was only sold as a 2-door sedan, later a stationwagon with three doors and a van was added. A four-door version was proposed in 1969. At that time there were not many diesel engines in small family cars, and initially the Escort was only available in a 1.1 and 1.3 liter version. The Escort was sold very well, especially in Great Britain.
Later a 1300 GT (also called: Sport) appeared, which had a faster version of the 1.3 liter engine and a 2-venturi carburetor. A special model for races and rallies only was the Escort Twin Cam with a Lotus 1.6 liter engine with a double overhead camshaft. This car was very successful in rallies and is seen as the most successful rally car of all time.
A special RS 1600 and later even RS 2000 version with a 100 hp 2 liter engine was introduced and ensured a considerable number of racing and rally victories.