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An original unmolested Ford Escort Series 1 RS Turbo Custom with just 17,769 miles.
The Series 1 Escort RS Turbo was carefully developed by Ford’s talented Special Vehicle Engineering team whose other resounding successes include the Capri 2.8 Injection and the XR3. The RS Turbo was designed to set new standards in Group N and Group A events, and was quickly dubbed the car to beat. Ford initially planned to build 5,000 RS Turbos, the minimum number required for homologation in Group A, however a total of 8,604 were built due to increased demand. The car was greeted with huge enthusiasm and was only sold through official Rallye Sport dealers. A following that today has amassed into obsession for many a diehard Ford enthusiast.
Colour coded bumpers with front over riders, laminated windscreen and all round safety glass, RS aerodynamic front and rear spoilers, RS Turbo decals, Ford spot lamps, remote control colour coded door mirrors, colour coded ‘Orion’ radiator grille, RS 3 spoke steering wheel, cigar lighter, rear ashtrays, front door stowage bins, 3-speed heater fan, coin box, radio cassette, trip recorder, tachometer, roof mounted digital clock. Factory specified Custom Pack includes: Electric windows, central locking, tilt/slide glass sunroof and opening rear quarter windows.
The unrestored Diamond White (code B3) paintwork is exceptional with a brilliant pure shine and uniform finish. Both front wings and windscreen scuttle panel are factory panels with date stampings clearly visible. The correct Carello headlamps, spot lights and the factory glass remain including the Ford inscribed front screen. The offside front wing was repainted after the previous keeper dropped a power tool on it and at the same time the front slam panel and grille were refreshed. The original decals are intact aside from a small section on the driver’s side where the film edge has come away and the rubbers are ever so slightly dry. This truly genuine example proudly displays it’s unmolested and unrestored credentials including visible factory underseal and the often missing foam pads to the underside of the four wheel arch extensions still attached along with the original PDI sticker on the rear wishbone! The underside having never been refurbished displays an honest age and mileage related film of debris. A few small dings are barely visible and gravel rash is evident on the rear wheel arch extensions. An extraordinary opportunity to own a slice of Ford RS history.
The interior of this RS Turbo is perfect and pristine. Finished in original two-tone grey Monza crushed velour (code HC), the seat pads and bolsters are very firm and show no sign of wear. The door cards and carpets are in remarkable showroom fresh condition, the latter having been protected from new by Ford rubber floor mats. The original perforated headlining is tight and free from marks and discolouration. The dashboard has remained completely free from cracks, an otherwise common issue with MK3 Escorts. The RS 3 spoke steering wheel still has all the delicate grains and veins associated only with genuine low mileage examples as doe the gear knob. All interior equipment is functional but the fuel gauge is temperamental and the trim pieces intact, including the immaculate rear parcel shelf with the genuine Ford fitted speakers inset. The correct Ford SRT32P stereo and cassette storage holder remains in the car. A preserved Ford RS interior guaranteed to marvel and delight onlookers.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with Fords 1596cc turbocharged Compound Valve Hemispherical chamber (CVH) unit, producing 132BHP at 6000rpm, mated to the Bosch KE Jetronic Fuel Injection System. Turbocharged power delivery courtesy of a Garrett T03 turbo, the car accelerates smoothly to a maximum speed of 125mph and achieves 0-60 in 8.2 seconds. The engine produces a delightful note through the standard and original exhaust system. The gear changes are light and absolutely precise allowing both subtle and enthusiastic driving. A truly exhilarating driving experience and exactly in accordance with the low miles covered.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 15 X 6 inch RS seven spoke alloy wheels are spotless and the correct factory stampings on the three spokes of each rim are clearly prominent. The original Michelin MXV 195/50 VR15 tyres whilst unworn and in visibly good order, due to age it would be prudent to replace and retain if the car is to be put into regular use. The original spare wheel also shod in the Michelin MXV rubber, is housed in the boot floor which has the manufacturer stickers and blue scribe markings still present. Diagonally split hydraulic circuit brakes with 240mm ventilated discs up front and 203.2mm rear drums bring the car to an assuring halt.
Registered new on 1 August 1985 this remarkable example has led a very cosseted and sheltered existence. The car has had just three former keepers, and has formed part of truly cherished collections. All original handbooks, guides, supplements and even Ford optional extras literature held within the A5 wallet are accompanied by some previous MOT certificates. Inherent with vehicles of such incredible low mileage, the minimal usage and extended periods of storage mean a documented history file is not present. An original sales brochure and RS Owners Club literature completes the history file along with two sets of keys which correctly fit all locks and ignition.
This vehicle will appeal to a serious collector wanting an incredibly well preserved, unmolested example of a truly legendary Ford icon, exactly how the manufacturer intended and now very rare.
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