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An iconic Ford Escort RS Cosworth Luxury with 38,948 miles and full history.
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was a sports derivative and rally homologation special of the fifth generation Ford Escort. It was designed to qualify as a Group A car for the World Rally Championship. It was available as a road car from 1992-96 in limited numbers from Ford’s Specialist Vehicle Engineering, (SVE), team. It combines the hand-assembled engine expertise of Cosworth and the coach-building crafts of Karmann. In order to accommodate the larger Cosworth engine and transmission Ford developed the car around the chassis and mechanicals of its predecessor, the Sierra Cosworth. A very rare car with only 7,145 examples being produced. (Source Wikipedia, 1995 Edition One RS Brochure and the RS Owners Club).
Body colour front bumper with black lower extension, front air dam, louvred bonnet air intakes, wing air extraction grilles, integral driving lights and fog lights, driver airbag, central double locking, padded armrest with cassette storage, oil pressure gauge, turbo gauge, voltmeter, quartz digital clock with ambient temperature, white sports dials, Ford 2007 RDS radio/cassette. Factory Options; Luxury Model comprising of; electrically operated and heated door mirrors, ‘Quickclear’ heated windscreen, heated washer jets, three-spoke leather covered steering wheel, rear centre armrest, rear head restraints, electric sunroof, electric windows, carpeted door bins. Air conditioning, CD player Model 2040.
The exhilarating exterior of this Escort RS Cosworth is nothing short of magnificent finished in striking Imperial Blue Metallic, (Code H3). The paintwork boasts an impeccable shine thanks to cherished upkeep and Carcoon storage. Ford claimed 400 unique components for the exterior of the Escort Cosworth from the integral front wing air extension grilles to the unique whale tail to generate aerodynamic downforce reinstated on this once aero-pack delete example. All exterior trim, lights, badges and rubbers are excellent and the correct Ford window Security System stickers remain fitted as well as Ford Main Dealer number plates. The vulnerable adjustable splitter to the lower front spoiler is fully intact with a few marks. A preserved underside featuring a stainless exhaust with the correct oval tailpipe is structurally perfect. An amazing example of this Ford RS legend.
The interior of this Escort Cosworth is factory standard with Luxury Pack benefits. The Recaro seats are finished in standard Grey Hexagon Cloth, (Code L9), and are immaculately clean and free from wear with only tiny undulations to the passenger thigh extension, barely visible. Fitted with the optional CFC-free air conditioning blowing ice cold and fully operational factory upgraded Model 2040 CD player, this is a great drivers cockpit. A Clifford Avantguard Thatcham Approved alarm has been fitted. The original headlining is slightly unstuck in a few corner sections and Ford paper mats for the show circuit cover genuine Ford carpet mats protecting a perfect cut-pile carpet. A Ford seat cover is also included. The boot area is pristine and houses the factory fitted space-saver spare wheel and correct jack with carpeted covers. A stunning RS interior, totally original and unspoilt.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The RS Cosworth powerplant warrants little introduction. Fitted with the factory standard Generation Two Ford EEC IV electronic engine management system and Garrett AiResearch T25 turbocharger and intercooler, the motorsport pedigree of this car is obvious. Alterations from standard specification are limited to a Graham Goode Racing, (GGR), chip and stainless exhaust system to replicate the original so the output of 217HP is slightly improved. Expect the car to accelerate rapidly through 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 144mph as quoted by Ford. The clean engine bay is exactly as Ford intended and displays factory seam welds and weld dots to the wings along with original plates and stampings to pass strict Ford aficionado scrutiny. The permanent Ferguson four wheel drive system with 34/66% front/rear power split mated to a MT 75 5-speed gearbox is a delight.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Immaculate Ford RS Ronal 8 X 16” five-spoke alloy wheels are shod in Yokohama 225/45 R16 tyres with ample tread. The space saving spare wheel is the unused factory Pirelli item with coloured banding and tiny nobbles still intact. Electrically-controlled ABS anti-lock system with two microprocessors and ventilated front and rear discs offer immense stopping power.
Assembled in June 1995 at the Rheine Assembly Plant in Germany, this factory specified Luxury model was one of the few RHD UK specified cars to be registered new in Japan. Frustrated Japanese enthusiasts unable to buy the desirable model locally and prepared to pay large premiums, would order the cars through the UK dealer network and import them. This example was registered on the 7th October 1995 and remained utterly cherished until repatriation to the UK in November 2009. Complete history throughout the cars life is neatly and chronically filed to leave no doubt to the care lavished on the car both in Japan and the UK. The car has been owned by the lifelong RS enthusiast, Mr Waterfall, since 2013 and his search for an Escort Cosworth at the time proved a challenge with poor structurally compromised examples being the norm. As a lifelong member of the RS Owners Club, Mr Waterfall was fortunate to be offered this highly recommended example. RS Club valuations prove its high standing at the time and subsequently and the cars upkeep is witnessed not only in the cars impressive condition today but huge documentation file, even fuel receipts have been retained pertaining to the car! All handbooks, brochures and red master key are present. A car most definitely for the Blue Oval fanatic.
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