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1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Lot No.: 932

Registration: M227 ELC
Chassis Number: WFOBXXGKAB5L98028
Engine Number: SL98028
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 2000cc
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Estimate (£): 25,000 - 35,000

The Ford Escort RS Cosworth proved that it was, indeed, possible to follow its legendary 1980's Sierra namesake. Just like the Lancia Integrale and Subaru Impreza, this was a 'Group A' rally car for the road - pure and simple. It was actually underpinned by a shortened version of the Sierra Cosworth RS Cosworth's platform and powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged, longitudinally mounted, Cosworth-developed engine driving all four wheels. The car was designed and engineered in Boreham, was styled by noted designer Stephen Harper, and ended up being assembled by Karmann in Germany. The potential of the Escort was seen in its first event, the 1993 Monte Carlo Rally, where Delecour and Biasion came second and third respectively. The Escort continued to be very competitive throughout the '93 and '94 seasons but it was a 'one off' guest drive by Tommi Makinen that provided the win on the 1994 1000 Lakes Rally. Importantly, and true to Ford's grass roots philosophy, the Escort Cosworth provided a platform for National Rallying and Club enthusiasts throughout the world to enjoy 'off the shelf' competitive support.

This Escort RS Cosworth was first registered on 29th June 1995 and has had just four former keepers from new. Finished in Mallard Green with a black leather interior, the car was purchased by our vendor in 2005 and has covered very few miles since. A number of previous MoT certificates and 6 stamps in the service book help support the current mileage of just 24,865 miles.

The bodywork is presented in good condition with straight panel fit and shiny paint work, the engine bay looks largely unmolested, and the interior is also in good order, with a little wear to the driver's side bolster. This Escort Cosworth has been kept in a professional storage facility and has been maintained correctly. In 2012 the car went to Geoff Page racing for a new cam belt, auxiliary belt, and fresh fluids.

The history file contains the original book pack, with the service records, a number of previous MoT Certificates and some service invoices for work completed over the years. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a low mileage ‘Cossie' offered at a very reasonable guide price.