1972 Ford Escort RS1600


1972 Ford Escort RS1600

Mileage: 10,000
First registered: 19th September 1972

1972 Ford MK1 Escort RS1600

Genuine RS1600 BFAT Original AVO Shell (Still find original Le Man Green)
1975cc Tommy Field BDG Historic (Gwyndaf Evans Spec) £30,000 engine build, 1,000 nroad miles on the engine only since build.
MSA Log book ,
FIA Historic Log book ,
Ermine White ,
Tax Exempt ,
Long distance Endurance set up ,
Steel Arched ,
Dead Locks ,
Ford Motorsport plates & gussets ,
ZF Box (Noddy) O/D 5th ,
Twin plate A/P basket clutch ,
1975cc Tommy Field BDG Historic (Gwyndaf Evans Spec) ,
Prepfab exhaust ,
Safety Devices bolt in cage ,
4 link Turreted ,
Slipper springs 160lbs ,
Baby Atlas single bearing ,
Diff 5:1 with ZF LSD ,
AP Monte Carlo Front & Rear brakes ,
HD Hand brake ,
Brake Bias ,

GAZ coil-over fully adjustable dampers
Group 4 Hubs
Adjustable TCA’s
Quick rack
WCX member
Polly bushed
Perspex side & rear glass
Works Dash

Original 1993 London to Sydney Corbeau Seats ,
Long range fuel tank with dash fuel gauge (No sight tube) ,
Twin Facet fuel pump ,
Plumbed in fire extinguisher ,

Loads of other extras not listed, simply stunning, owned by a good friend for the last 18 years and campaigned by friends father in period prior to that .

Plenty of photos of the car in period come with the history file .

To be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at September Sale 2018, Southam on 29th September 2018 starting at 2pm. Guide price: £60000 - £70000. * Very rare genuine RS1600 ground-up restored to an extremely high standard * Iconic Ford homologation special factory ordered with Le Mans Green paintwork * Low survival numbers, road going examples rarely come to market * Arguably the most successful rally car of the 1970s, your opportunity to own the legend. The original Ford Escort was introduced at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968 and soon became a commercial success as an attractive small family saloon. Ford had, for a number of years, used active participation in motor sport as a means of getting their showroom doors swinging on a Monday morning, and the new Escort was to prove no exception. Popular at club level in every discipline of the sport, it was at International level that the name 'Escort' became synonymous with winning. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960s / early 1970s, and arguably, the Escort's greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally being driven by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola. This result and the ensuing acclaim prompted Ford to produce the famous Escort Mexico (1.6 L 'Kent'-engine) road version in honour of the rally car.One step up from the Mexico, the Escort 'RS1600' was developed using an engine that was essentially a detuned Formula 3 unit designated BDA (Belt Drive 'A' Series). Both the Mexico and RS1600 were built simultaneously at the now famous Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility located at the Aveley Plant in South Essex. As well as higher performance engines and sports suspension, these models featured strengthened bodyshells, making them ideal for rallying.Even today, Mark I Escorts are still very popular in the Historic Rally scene with their reputation for a great balance of power and handling, making them true driver's cars. The BDA engine emits a distinctive and appealing 'growl', which can be heard for quite a distance when the vehicle is being driven hard. Estimates suggest that only around 1,137 RS1600s were produced in total.The car offered for sale today was first registered in the UK on 11th February 1972 and was purchased by the current owner to form part of his collection. The speedometer is reading 3,525, which we believe is the total mileage covered since this car underwent a ground-up restoration. The history file contains invoices from renowned marque expert Andy Stapley Motorsport who has been looking after the Escort's welfare.According to a number of sources, we understand there are less than 50 RS1600s registered or on SORN in the UK with the vast majority of these having been extensively raced, rallied, exported, or just lived a hard life and. as a result, it is very unusual to find a road car finished to such a high standard. The Le Mans Green paintwork is superb with excellent shut lines and has been completed to a very high standard. The interior is completely standard and correct, and the engine bay is spotless.This immaculate, 1972, RS1600 sits 'all-square' and presents really well in its period-correct, bright green. It's 'on the button', has a fresh MoT and is crying out to be used.

Vehicle Details

Make Ford
Model Escort Rs
Mileage 10000
Year 1972
Fuel Type Petrol
Model Variant 1600
Body Type Saloon
Colour Green


Engine Size 2.0
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