NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2018

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1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo - 3,882 miles

Lot No.: 308

Registration: J2 LRH
Chassis Number: SFABXXBAFBMY97827
Engine Number: MY97827
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1596
Year of Manufacture: 1991
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 25,313
  • A true 'time-warp' example - with an incredible 3,882 miles
  • As original as you'd expect and in the best colour 
  • Potent CVH 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a Garrett T2 turbocharger 
  • 132bhp with a top speed of 133 mph and a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds

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 indeed.  It is a completely standard 1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo, having covered just 3,882 verifiable miles.

This car was bought new by a Mr Lee Robert Hannah on the 8th August 1991 and was used only sparingly, covering just 3,500 miles before, in 1995, it was SORN’d and taken off the road for safe-keeping.  Lee also owned a 1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo S2 (Lot: 311 in this auction), which he and his father both shared and cherished over the years.  Both being Ford enthusiasts, their cars were always extremely very looked after.  Very sadly, Lee passed away leaving both cars to his father, transferring ownership prior to his passing, with his father now showing as the 2nd keeper (on this Fiesta).

Subsequently, Mr Hannah left the cars in storage until July 2017, when he then sent both to his local Ford garage to be fully serviced (including new timing belts etc.).  Since then, this immaculate Fiesta has covered a further 6 miles only.  The car is in simply outstanding condition, the interior can only be described ‘as new’, whilst it is totally original under the bonnet, with its original Ford exhaust system and Fiesta RS Turbo-specific square tailpipe still present.  Likewise, the underside of the car is totally as it left the factory, with all markings still in place, including all the factory Waxoyl; the word ‘Turbo’ on the fuel tank is also clearly visible.  The original tyres have been replaced due to their age, otherwise, the car remains exactly as it was.  Unsurprisingly, the car is accompanied by spare keys, all its Ford booklets and manuals, plus all receipts and invoices for everything ever done to it.  The original purchase receipt and finance proposal are also present.  This really is a ‘one-off’ car with probably the lowest mileage of any Fiesta RS Turbo anywhere.

This is a real opportunity to buy a remarkable example of a rare ‘Fast Ford’.  Very seldom 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.