NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2015

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1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series I

Lot No.: 608

Registration: B919MPF
Chassis Number: WFOBXXGCABFJ30754
Engine Number: FJ30754
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1600cc
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Sold for (£): 60,188

The Ford Escort RS Turbo was based on the 3-door Ford Escort Saloon and was supplied in a Diamond White body colour only. The engine fitted to the RS Turbo was a 1600 CVH unit modified to suit the higher loads and the application of a turbocharger. Computerised fuel injection and engine management incorporating turbocharger boost control were also fitted.

Aesthetically, the RS Turbo was given a distinctive sporty appearance with a  body coloured front grill, bumpers and aerodynamic aids. On the tailgate, an XR3i spoiler (also body coloured) was fitted together with "RS Turbo" decals. The interior was trimmed in a combination of Monza and Cashmere fabrics and XR3i type Recaro LS bucket seats were fitted as standard. Production was limited to only 5,000 examples and many were modified in period for racing.

This incredible example of Ford UK history has covered only 5,568 miles from new in the hands of one registered keeper. It has never been restored or modified and is preserved in what can only be described as factory fresh/Concours condition. The paint is original across all major panels and the shut lines are superb around the car. The interior is in almost new condition with no wear to the seat bolsters or steering wheel. The underside of the car is as good to behold as on top and nearly every single component is original to this car.

Believed to be the lowest mileage Series 1 RS turbo in existence, this example is supplied with its original service book, some old MoT certificates and the original bill of sale. Sold new for £10,073 on 27th February 1985 to a Mr R.W. Nicholas of Guildford, Surrey, it has a number of service stamps detailing the first few years of its life. In 1999, at a mileage of 5,564 miles, the car was stored in a carpeted and temperature controlled garage until now.

The current owner is a well-known collector in Ford circles and this Escort has been treasured as part of his private collection. We welcome any inspection of this Escort and ask that RS specialists take the time to come and appreciate the condition of this car. Even the rear boot overlay has the original ticket stamp dated 1985 on the underside. Offered without reserve, this Ford simply represents an unrepeatable opportunity for any Ford RS fan, collector or enthusiast.