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A Mk2 Ford Escort RS Mexico with amazing history and RS Owners Club registered.
Two circular halogen headlights, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, unique bodyside stripes, ‘Mexico’ decals, black door mirrors, laminated windscreen, hazard warning flashers, heated rear window, separate fuel, water temperature and oil pressure gauges, padded sun visors, two-speed heater, aeroflow ventilation with eye ball vents. Brief Specification; Safety Devices roll cage, Racetech gauges, Willans 4-point harness, 2.1 Pinto, forged JE pistons, Cosworth conrods with ARP bolts, lightened and balanced crank, oil cooler, gas flowed and ported cylinder head, Grp1 valves, Kent GTS3 camshft and Vernier pulley, MSD ignition with Aldon distributor, Spal electric fan, Facet electric fuel pump, twin Weber 45 DCOE carbs, Prepfab exhaust, Type-9 gearbox, Fast Road Performance Power Clutch, RS English axle, Tran-X Limited Slip Differential 4.1:1, Quaife 2-piece half-shafts, Bilstein coilover struts, Grp1 Bilstein rear dampers, alloy roller bearing top mounts, anti-roll bar, Elliot rev counter, LED illumination, Ford mud flaps, Classic Tracker.
The exterior of this RS Mexico is magnificent. Finished in Ford Black, (Code A), it has a deep, mirror gloss shine and is one of only two Black Mexicos registered with the RS Owners Club. The distinctive squared-up nose styling and front air dam is virtually unmarked and informs knowledgeable onlookers to the scarcity of this model only built between January 1976 and July 1978. All the trim is perfect, window rubbers are black and all decals are correct and present. Ford logos can be seen on the genuine Carello halogen headlamps and Altissimo rectangular rear light covers. The underside is very clean and will enable viewers to see the top specification this car enjoys. Minor imperfections to the glass, boot edge and a few stone chips indicate this car likes to be driven and driven hard! Utterly gorgeous and a real show stopper.
The interior of this RS Mexico offers exhilarating sporting pleasure. The twin high back reclining Scheel front and rear seats in Black fabric, (Code A7) with roll-top head restraints are amazing, perfectly clean and offer incredible support thanks to an expensive retrim by Aldridge. The carpets, door cards and black fascia are virtually unmarked. Supplementary gauges function correctly and the ‘RS’ logo within the five white needle instrument cluster reminds the driver how special this Ford is. Expensive and useful accessories such as the leather trimmed RS steering wheel, Elliot rev counter, Willans 4-point harness and Safety Devices roll cage all play an important part in this driver focused machine.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A period engine build which will be the envy of many with stonking performance quoted at 175bhp from the 2.1 Pinto engine with reliability built in thanks to top specification and quality components. With knowledgeable ownership including a Development Engineer at Ford’s Research Centre at Dunton, this car barks with pleasure and encourages boy racer antics! The Type-9 five speed gearbox with quick shift has been upgraded to handle the power and enthusiastic use. Incredible!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Genuine upgraded RS 6JX13 RS 4-spoke alloy wheels with correct RS centre caps and RS wheel nuts are shod in sticky Toyo Proxes R888 tyres. HiSpec 4-pot alloy brake callipers grip Grp1 vented 247mm discs with EBC Green Stuff pads. Goodridge braided hoses and bias pedal box with custom reservoir complete with Girling cap shed the speed off quickly and safely.
With only around 2,500 Mk2 Ford Mexico’s made, (source Ford RS Owners Club), this car represents a very rare breed! Positioned awkwardly in price and specification between a 1600 Sport and an RS2000 when new the Mexico had a very short production run and therefore is now a highly sought after model amongst collectors. This car is one of just two known to the RS Owners Club finished in Black. Built in November 1976 and registered February 1977 the car had a genuine Black Ford Mexico Service Shell supplied by the Ford Saarlouis plant in 1979. The original shell finished in Signal Green was damaged. Not recorded but noted by the unique Build Plate, the history and authenticity of this car can be validated by the RS Owners Club. Last sold by KGF Classic Cars in 2017 the previous owner then went to great lengths to track down the original first keeper, Jeremy Rose, and amazingly did so, met up with him and shared fascinating information. There are now photos of the car brand new and a first-hand account of the early history. This fascinating tale is also documented in the February 2020 magazine, Classic & Sports Car. Not only this, but the previous owner also contacted Geoff Fletcher, a talented RS specialist and instrumental in the restoration of the car, to carry out some recent works. An incredible history file neatly and chronologically ordered packed with invoices, photo albums and magazine features will amaze the next custodian. Furthermore, the car has been owned by respected members of the RS community who performed various roles for the RS Owners Club to offer absolute reassurance for the next Ford Blue Oval fan. If you should miss out on this formidable car again, fear not, there is an actual Corgi Vanguards 1:43 die-cast model to buy!
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