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A legendary Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000 Custom in splendid condition.
Polyurethane front end incorporating four Cibie quartz halogen headlamps, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, twin bodyside coachline, RS2000 decals, black door mirrors, laminated windscreen, hazard warning flashers, heated rear window, separate fuel, water temperature and oil pressure gauges, padded sun visors, two-speed heater, aeroflow ventilation with eye ball vents. RS Custom features; centre console, glovebox, quartz clock, remote control driver’s door mirror, bronze tinted glass, full trimmed door cards, vanity mirror, Ronal alloy road wheels. Dealership options; Ziebart rust protection treatment, rear seat belts.
This excellent RS2000 finished in glorious Ford Black, (Code A), boasts a marvellous deep shine and uniform finish. This example has avoided the common extreme modification trend and remains as Ford intended. Only very minor paintwork imperfections are notable under scrutiny but certainly do not spoil the appeal. Worthy of mention are discreet and neatly fitted deadlocks to the lower doors and a light ding to the boot lid edge below the spoiler. Having been Ziebart protected from new, the structural integrity has been upheld and the Ziebart plug stops remain visible within the door shuts. Panel fit is excellent and the shut lines uniform. All trim sections, RS decals and badges remain intact and are in good order. A very usable and attractive RS2000, one for the avid blue oval enthusiast wanting to exploit maximum enjoyment from classic Ford ownership.
The interior of this unspoilt example is beautifully clean and unworn. The Black fabric, (Code A8), to the Scheel sports seats and rear bench is in beautiful condition having been subject to a professional retrim, a task thankfully undertaken by renowned and trusted experts, Aldridge Trimming Ltd to 1977 factory specification. The fascia and undamaged padded dash top houses fully functional gauges and rocker switches and a highly sought after three spoke RS steering wheel with RS central boss. The heater fan is functional on both speed settings. The loop pile carpets and fully trimmed door panels are in excellent condition and the black washable headlining is perfect. A Ford push button radio cassette is fitted. A classic Ford RS interior in exceptional condition.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original 1993cc SOHC engine remains fitted to this vehicle with standard features such as the Ford plastic air box cover and twin-choke Weber 32DGAV carburettor. The engine bay is clean with scope for improvement to the finish possible. Factory metal data plates and the black plastic bulkhead cover are still present. Performance figures of 108.2mph top speed and 0-60 in just 8.5 seconds are more than respectable, even for modern standards. An accepted and highly desirable upgrade to the Ford Type 9 five speed gearbox has been undertaken to allow for much improved usability.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Genuine Ford RS Ronal alloy road wheels have been refurbished to exceptional standard with five matching quality Yokohama A539 175/60 R13 tyres showing plenty of tread. The spare alloy wheel is housed in the boot area with factory build stickers displayed. Vacuum servo assisted front disc brakes with rear drums brakes offer fair braking but fall short of modern standards.
Supplied new through the Ford Rallye Sport dealer network on the 18th November 1977, this Mk2 RS2000 Custom has enjoyed enthusiast ownership and is known to the RS community. The current owner, Mickey Stewart, is an active member and RSOC Official of the RS Owners Club and has attended many shows and events with this example. A huge and neatly organised history folder contains masses of receipts and invoices including many from renowned Ford specialists Burton Power. Original Ford operating guides and handbooks remain in the history file. Many previous MOT certificates as well as original Ford Rallye Sport Dealership literature and even letters from previous owners complete the history file.
This superb looking example is ready for total enjoyment and classic car show attendance whereby much admiration is a certainty.
MOT July 2018, HPI Clear.
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