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An incredible Ford Escort Mk5 RS2000 with only 12,462 miles.
Twin bonnet power bulges, four beam headlights, integral fog lights, long range driving lights, tailgate spoiler, power steering, electric front windows, quickclear heated windscreen and washer jets, slide/tilt sunroof, central locking, electric heated powered mirrors, variable reach sports steering wheel, Recaro seats, cassette stowage, coin slots, trinket tray, lights on audible warning, courtesy light delay, 60/40 split rear back rest.
This original example is finished in optional metallic Pacifica Blue, (Code J2), which gleams thanks to indoor heated storage and very low miles. The understated looks were Fords intentions to keep away from the Boy Racer image but bonnet power bulges, revised front grille and bumper, colour coded side skirts and rear spoiler soon inform the knowledgeable. The coveted Rallye Sport badging along with all other trim is immaculate. Minor stone chips to the bonnet and a very slight roof mark prove originality and will not disappoint the perfection seeking owner. Supplying Ford dealer number plates remain fitted along with period window stickers. All apertures are spotlessly clean and the underside still displays Ford PDI colour dabs including those on the coil springs. A totally original, unspoilt and preserved example, very difficult to better.
The plush Panache velour fabric in Dark grey complements the sports ambience of the car and is immaculate. The special Recaro seats are comfortable and supportive with no wear and all carpets have been protected from new by genuine rubber Ford mats. The car retains a distinct new car aroma. All controls operate with slickness and ease and the unique lighting on the dash in orange with red detailing is unmistakable. A section of red trim has lifted slightly on the dash and the steering wheel and gear knob still have prominent texture and grain thanks to the ultra-low mileage. The boot area is immaculate with a period boot tidy still attached and the parcel shelf is pin straight. An outstanding Ford RS Ford interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The inline 4-cylinder 2.0 DOHC 16v engine produces 150bhp and propels the car from 0-60mph in 8 secs and on to a top speed of 129mph. Both the 16-valve DOHC engine and the transverse application of the MTX 75 transmission was specifically developed for the RS2000 helping to utilise the power while offering a slick smooth gear change. The engine bay is a real testimonial to the safe keep and low mileage and would suit the show circuit. A recent major service at a Ford Main Dealer in June 2018 has been carried out.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Stunning five spoke cast aluminium wheels measuring 6X15 are polished to a lustre finish and lacquered which are correct and unique to the early Mk5 RS2000. Matching Bridgestone Potenza 195/50 R15 tyres have ample tread and the spare is an unused factory Uniroyal item. Teves two-channel anti-lock braking system brings the car to an assured stop.
This pre-facelift Mk5 Ford Escort RS2000 was built in April 1992 and registered by Lex English Ford to a Mr M Tricksey. He took delivery on the 6th February 1993 and being the consciences type the history file reveals he opted for the Ford Extra Cover Warranty and specified the Dealer to install an immobiliser, (still fitted), prior to collecting the car. He remained the owner until October 1996 when the second owner, Matthew Smith, purchased the car with less than 2,000 miles. Mr Smith, a Ford fanatic, has remained the only custodian since and used the vehicle sparingly having now covered just 12,462 miles. MOT history helps track the few miles covered along with four entries in the original service book. The most recent being a major service in June 2018 by Ford Main Dealer, TC Harrison. The history file is neatly presented with a collection of tax discs up to 2002, MOT certificates and original supplying literature from Lex English Ford. All handbooks, spare keys and brochures are present. There are also some period magazines with road tests collected by Mr Smith. This example represents a true low mileage survivor and one for the discerning modern classic car collector.
MOT December 2018, HPI Clear.
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