1980 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom For Sale
A simply stunning prize-winning example.
To be offered by Silverstone Auctions at the ‘Lancaster Classic Motor Show’ at 2:00pm on Saturday 9th November 2019 at the NEC, near Birmingham (B40 1NT). Viewing is available from 10:00am until 6:30pm on Friday 8th November and from 9:00am on the morning of the sale day. For further images & information please visit Silverstone Auctions website and get in touch with classic car specialist Joe Watts.
Lot number: 242 - Estimate: £38,000 - £44,000 (+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
- In 1980, an RS2000 Custom was an extremely aspirational purchase, with the distinctive polyurethane droop snoot front end and air dam, distinguishing it from any other Escort
- The RS2000 substituted the diva-ish Cosworth unit for a sturdier 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder, SOHC, Pinto engine, which was mounted longitudinally, endowing the car with a 0-60 mph time of just 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 108mph
- An original shell, fully matching numbers car, restored to an amazing Concours condition, winning 1st place in the expert category at RSOC Lakes tour 2017
- Accompanied by lots of history
Unlike the Mk1 Escort which was designed by Ford of Great Britain, the Mk2 was a much more sophisticated design that was jointly developed with Ford of Germany. Based on a standard Mk2 two-door saloon shell, the RS2000 used the familiar 2-litre, inline four-cylinder, SOHC, 'Pinto' engine mounted longitudinally in the bay driving the rear wheels. A single twin-venturi 32/36 DGAV Weber carburettor was fitted with the option of a Group 1 dual Weber 40 DCNF or IDF set up. The front suspension used independent MacPherson struts with an anti-roll bar and at the rear, traditional leaf springs with telescopic dampers were utilised. Front-mounted discs and rear drums were used and four-spoke alloy wheels came as standard. Its biggest distinguishing feature was a ‘droop snoot’ polyurethane nose housing four headlamps which gave it a rather aggressive look. The new car was capable of 110mph with 0-60mph taking 8.9 seconds, not too shabby in 1976, and which combined with the car’s distinctive looks and that shiny RS badge, set Ford’s showroom doors swinging.
In September 1978, Ford introduced the RS2000 ‘Custom’ which came fitted with ‘Fishnet’ Recaro seats, full door cards, clock and pod, centre console, 6Jx13" alloys, boot carpet, remote driver’s door mirror and a black panel around the rear lights. In 1980, an RS2000 Custom was an extremely aspirational purchase, with the distinctive polyurethane ‘droop snoot’ front end and air dam, distinguishing it from any other Escort.
The car presented here is a 1980 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom in extraordinary restored condition. The quality of the car has been recognised with many RSOC show accolades and trophies, with it winning 1st place in the expert category at RSOC Lakes tour 2017 – no mean feat! Our vendor knows his classic Fords and has owned some of the best examples in the UK. Importantly, this car retains its original shell and is also matching-numbers, forming the basis for an exacting restoration. The car drives and performs to a similarly high standard and is in, arguably, the best colour for a ‘droop-snoop’ of Venetian Red. Cars of this quality rarely come to the market, with our vendor now having a change in circumstances. If this was your aspirational new car in 1980, this is the closest you can get to owning one today. You will not be disappointed.
Chassis number: GCATWU008240
Engine capacity: 1993cc
Registration number: YJX 974V
Engine number: WU00824
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