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A collectors Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 2 with one owner and 27,886 miles.
Body coloured bumpers with black insert, body coloured wheel arch extensions, tailgate spoiler, halogen headlamps, front driving lamps, cooling vents in bonnet, heated rear window, tailgate wash/wipe, tinted glass, quartz digital clock, aerial incorporated in rear windscreen, Recaro front reclining seats, 60/40 split rear back rest, soft feel sports steering wheel, tachometer, Ford ERST 32PS Self-Seek stereo, speaker control. Factory options: Windscreen rapid de-ice, electric heated door mirrors. Custom Pack consisting of: central locking, electric windows, tilting/sliding glass sunroof.
This incredible very early Series 2 example is finished in desirable and optional Mercury Grey, (Code Q7). The factory original paintwork displays an outstanding shine and uniform finish, a true credit to the sole enthusiast owner and exceptionally low mileage. All factory panels are straight with uniform gaps and common vulnerable underside areas have been carefully wax protected by the only owner, an ex-Ford Motor Vehicle Engineer. All trim sections, correct Carello lenses and RS decals are as new, and the supplying Ford dealer number plates remain fitted. The eagle-eyed RS Turbo expert will note the black casing to the door mirrors, correct for a car with optional heated/electrically adjustable door mirrors. A totally original, unspoilt and preserved example, very difficult to better.
Presented in perfect order, the fully adjustable and supportive Recaro seats show no wear to the Daytona Raven fabric, (Code SW). The carpets are pristine having been protected from new by two sets of quality floor mats, and the door cards are spotless with none of the common sun damage to the inner door handles, virtually unheard of for an Escort Mk4! All switches, knobs and dials operate correctly and the Ford Self-Seek stereo radio/cassette with speaker directional control remains fitted and operational. The boot area is immaculate with original build stickers to the floor and a straight uncut parcel shelf. A outstanding 1980’s RS Ford interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 1.6 OHC (CVH) fuel injected engine with a Garrett AiResearch T3 turbo charger and intercooler produces 132bhp at 5750rpm and 180Nm of torque at 2750rpm. In a car weighing just 1325kg, this featherweight contender completes the 0-60 dash in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 128mph is achieved. An immaculate engine bay allows bonnet up exhibiting with factory panel stamps, wing stamps and all plates and stickers intact. The owner used strictly Ford Motorcraft service items only, a standard upheld throughout. The 5-speed manual Ford BC box is light and precise with crisp clutch action.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The unmistakable RS Turbo light alloy 6X15 RS wheels remain in pristine order with Ford logo and part number stampings clearly prominent. Matching quality Pirelli Cinturato C1 195/50 R15 tyres, fitted brand new in 2017, are virtually unused and the spare is the original Dunlop SP Sport D40 item. This fast Ford RS legend stops as well as it goes with the ABS braking system designed in conjunction with Lucus Girling working perfectly.
Built in October 1986, this very early Series 2 was registered new on 9th January 1987, the supplying Ford Main Dealer being E Ward of Wellingborough. The first and only keeper, Mr David McGann, registered the car to his business name, David McGann Motor Spares and Accessories Ltd, before transferring ownership to his private name upon retirement. KGF Classic Cars purchased the car direct from Mr McGann, and learnt from him that it was used in the initial years to attend business meetings for the starting up of the association that was later to become A1 Motor Stores. Thereafter, the car was used solely for leisure use whilst always kept in his heated and dehumidified garage alongside his 1969 Cortina 1600E which he has, and still does, own since 1971! His dedication and love for this RS Turbo was simply wonderful and truly infectious, even down to the use of wine bottle corks used to lift the wiper arms off the windscreen so as to preserve the rubber blades! Furthermore, Mr McGann, a qualified Ford Motor Vehicle Engineer, kept a detailed maintenance log since new and throughout, after the first service at E Ward did not meet his expectations, (complaint letter in the history file!), causing him to handle vehicle upkeep himself from then on.
The original E Ward document holder contains all vehicle handbooks, guides and dealership literature as well as the service book and a workshop manual. Previous MOT certificates date back to 1991 along with vehicle invoices and even tax discs since 1987. Completing the history file is the original blue V5 document, RS Turbo sales brochure, supplying dealer tax disc holder and spare key with dealer fob. KGF Classic Cars are privileged to both have met Mr McGann and present this amazing example to the market, ready for the next dedicated custodian to enjoy.
MOT September 2018, HPI Clear.
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