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A very rare early Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000 Broadstripe in exceptional condition.
Polyurethane front end incorporating four Cibie quartz halogen headlamps, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, four piece Ford badges on grille and boot lid, unique broad bodyside stripes, RS2000 decals, black door mirrors, laminated windscreen, tinted glass, hazard warning flashers, heated rear window, separate fuel, water temperature and oil pressure gauges, padded sun visors, centre console, two-speed heater, aeroflow ventilation with eye ball vents. Factory options; Ziebart rust protection treatment. Optional Equipment: Ford mudflaps.
Launched in January 1976, the Mk2 Escort RS2000 featured the highly distinctive ‘droop snoot’ nose cone housing the four Cibie quartz halogen headlamps. The early cars at the time of launch were only available with one specification and one trim colour option, black. Known as the Broadstripe due to the wider side coachline designed to replicate a continuation of the bumpers, the basic specification of these early cars had all the options which were later to make up the `Custom Pack`. In July 1976 the Broadstripe was dropped for a smaller twin coachline and in 1978 the introduction of two models, the Base and Custom Packs offered a wider choice for Ford customers.
This very early March 1976 example represents an extremely rare car with its non-sunroof and non-vinyl roof configuration. Finished in the rare original colour of Carnival Red (code D), the vibrant paintwork is simply stunning. Only very close scrutiny from the perfectionist will reveal minimal and miniscule imperfections to the finish, entirely insignificant. The Ziebart plugged drill holes remain having served their purpose of preserving the cars structural integrity. Correct early RS2000 exterior features include the broad side stripe, ‘pre blue oval’ FORD lettering to the grille and bootlid and wing badges to denote 2.0 engine size. A program of underside and engine compartment detailing add to the exceptional appeal of this beautiful car and firmly upholds its show car credentials. All trim sections and decals are perfect and just as Ford intended, and the supplying Ford dealer rear screen sticker remains in place. Truly pristine and very very special.
The absolute wow factor certainly continues to the interior of this RS2000. Correct standard Black (code A8) Scheel roll top seats preceded the widely used Fishnets Recaros, and these fitments are pristine. Further features of the pre Custom/Base cars include the black headlining, tinted glass, Ford analogue clock, glovebox and white needle instruments, all items present and correct! The perfect fascia and dash top house fully functioning gauges and equipment including the two speed fan and clock. The carpets, door cards and black headlining are all unmarked. A spotlessly clean boot displays the rubber strap holding the spare wheel and the original jack inside the Ford hessian bag is present. An alarm has been fitted. Beautifully preserved and wonderfully true to the Ford RS vision, simply superb!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
An overhauled 1993cc SOHC engine features a correct blue rocker cover and has been further enhanced with the addition of twin Weber 45 DCOE carburettors. All components are beautifully detailed and polished to match the exceptional exterior. An invoice in the history file dated April 2015 from renowned Wayne Mitchell Competition Engines Ltd evidences a full check over including compression check, timing adjustment, coolant flush, ignition timing, carb balance, gearbox oil and various other points to ensure absolute optimum performance. A Type 9 gearbox conversion has been professionally installed to offer real modern day usability. This classic RS2000 goes even better than it looks!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Stunning replica four spoke Ronal style 6J x 13in alloy wheels feature polished face and rims with black infills to create a true testament to the original RS fitments. All four wheels are in perfect condition and shod in quality Yokohama A539 185/60 R13 tyres with masses of tread remaining. Vacuum servo assisted and uprated front disc brakes with rear drums brakes offer ample stopping power.
An amazing and extensive history file to complete the package! Supplied new by Ford Rallye Sport Dealers Alexanders of Edinburgh on 1st March 1976, this very early Mk2 RS2000 has had just four former keepers. The new vehicle sold card in the file even confirms the salesman’s name as well as the first keeper Mr David William Raistrick. No less than two service books are complete revealing the care bestowed on this car and a large neat folder houses many specialist invoices and previous MOT certificates to help support the mileage displayed of 77,619 miles. Two Operation and Care booklets are in the file, one to cover all Escort models and another specifically for the Mexico and RS2000 models!
This incredible example has been enthusiast owned and cherished from new, and the car presented today represents the ultimate classic RS Ford. Satisfying the desires for rarity, fun and impeccable finish, this RS2000 Broadstripe simply cannot be overlooked.
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