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Lot 046: Ford Escort

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

This exciting RS Escort started life as an RS Mexico. The Mexico, of which only around 2,000 were produced, was basically the same as the larger RS2000 but without the droopsnoot front and used a 1600cc Pinto instead of the other car's 2-litre unit. This example has been built to RS2000 rally/sprint specification, with a flat front as used by the works cars. The build has been done to a very high standard, using all of the 'right bits', yet it remains fully road legal. The engine is a 2-litre Pinto which has been bored to 2.1-litres. It has a gas-flowed head, an FR32 cam with vernier adjustment and has been fully lightened, balanced and blueprinted. Fed by 45DCOE Weber carbs through a Pipercross air filter, it is reported to run very well and is ready for action. The RS alloy sump and bell housing mate to a T9 close-ratio gearbox, whilst the one-piece propshaft takes the drive to an English axle with new bearings and a Quaiffe 3.7:1 ATB Diff. At the front the suspension is fully polybushed and has 2.8 Bilstein shocks and 190-1 springs. Vented discs with M16 calipers do the stopping. At the rear the vendor has used Gartrac de-cambered single leaf springs, tramp bars and Bilstein shocks again. The whole car rides on new Minilite wheels shod with Yoko 048s. Looking underneath the car, the quality of the work is evident and this carries to the interior. A full roll cage is mounted to weld-in platforms, whilst the OMP seats carry 4-point harnesses. The correct deep-dish wheel and laminated top tint windscreen are complimented by an RS2000 instrument cluster, large Elliot tachometer whilst additional Race Tech oil pressure, oil and water temperature gauges and an analogue voltmeter have been fitted. A fire extinguisher system is present but as yet has not been plumbed in. With its two Cibie Super Oscars plus two normal Oscars up front, it not only looks the part, but is specified with virtually everything needed to get going. Available at a fraction of the cost of build, and with genuine RS shells fetching not far short of the lower estimate, this has to be a most effective way of joining the ever growing historic motorsport scene. CATALOGUE AMENDMENT; We are obliged to point out that records show that this car was stolen/recovered back in May 1992. Upon arrival, the V5 shows that it is registered as a 1600 Sport and not a Mexico.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number046
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberPHX 943R
Chassis numberBBATTM84296
Engine number2L3BA97A5
Engine capacity (cc)2100
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors