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1990 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo

Lot No.: 502

Registration: H951 JDU
Chassis Number: VS6BXXWPFBLR65100
Engine Number: LR65100
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1596
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Estimate (£): 15,000 - 20,000

The Fiesta RS Turbo was the high-performance model in the Ford Fiesta Mk3 range and was introduced as a three-door version only, in April 1990 with production continuing until 1992.

Theoretically, it was only available from specially appointed Ford RS dealers, which was a bit of a marketing ploy.  Powered by a potent CVH 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a Garrett T2 turbocharger, it was blindingly quick, developing 132bhp with a top speed of 133 mph and a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds.  The transmission was lifted from an Escort RS Turbo and the suspension was developed to cope with the higher cornering speeds.  Visually, there was a set of 14’’ RS alloy wheels, a body kit, green rather than blue stripe mouldings, colour-coded rear spoiler and door pillars, opening rear quarter windows, green tinted glass and RS bonnet louvres. Anti-lock brakes and a 'Quickclear' heated front windscreen were options at extra cost.

Inside the car, the differences included Raven coloured Recaro seats trimmed in Benetton/Ascot, a grey leather trimmed gear knob, and a three-spoke steering wheel with the RS Turbo logo embossed on the centre cap. The car was also fitted with a sunroof, electric windows, and central locking.

The car presented here then, is something very special.  It's a completely standard 1990 Fiesta RS Turbo, having covered only 23,600 verifiable miles with just one previous keeper (between 1990 and 2015).  The car has been kept in metaphorical 'cotton-wool and is in superb condition.  The level of preservation under the bonnet and in the interior is matched only by the car’s underside – it appears to have never been out in the rain, with the PDI (pre-delivery inspection) marks still evident on the suspension. Interested parties are welcome to closely inspect this little Ford, the closer the better.

It's supplied with a thorough history file, containing many receipts for parts and servicing, numerous MoT certificates helping corroborate the mileage, and a complete Ford book pack containing the owner’s manuals etc. 

This is a real opportunity to buy a remarkable example of a rare ‘Fast Ford’.  Very rarely do completely unmolested RS cars with so few miles and a confirmable history come to the market.  With classic Ford prices for exceptional cars only going one way, this Fiesta RS could be a shrewd purchase.