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1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1

Lot No.: 304

Registration: C564SSB
Chassis Number: WF0BXXGCABFU69562
Engine Number: FU69562
CC: 1597
Year of Manufacture: 1985
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 19,688

**No current MOT**

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 imposed by the addition of a turbocharger. Computerised fuel injection and engine management incorporating turbocharger boost control were also fitted resulting in a healthy 132bhp and a top speed of 122 mph. The gearbox and transmission were also 'beefed-up' and the RS saw the début of a unique viscous controlled limited slip differential which reduced widely varying speed differences between the drive shafts, greatly improved cornering, and reduced torque-steer. 

Aesthetically, the RS Turbo was given a distinctive sporty appearance with a  body-coloured front grille, 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 right-hand drive, matching numbers RS Turbo S1 has recently been restored to a very high standard. The car was taken back to bare metal, professionally prepared, and finished in a sparkling new coat of Diamond White. The engine was fully rebuilt (which included a Gates timing belt) and there are full details of the impressive build in the accompanying history file. Showing 56,000 miles, the RS is also accompanied by numerous old MOTs, the original service book, handbooks, and a folder of invoices for the restoration and recent attention. 

Retrospectively known as the 'Series 1', these early cars were very focused and considerably 'edgier' than the succeeding Series 2 and consequently have a ready market. Offered without reserve, this Ford represents a rare opportunity for any RS fan, collector or enthusiast.