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Lot No. 411 - 1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom

Sold for: £34,875

They're only original once! Just a single previous owner.
Details Specification
  • Hugely original and unrestored, with just one (titled) owner from new
  • Just 64,450 miles indicated and in a commensurate condition. Drives superbly
  • Recently recommissioned with a new timing belt, brakes and clutch assembly
  • Accompanied by a large history file and its original book-pack
  • In 1978, an RS2000 Custom was an extremely aspirational purchase, with the distinctive polyurethane droop snoot front end and air dam, plus a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, SOHC, Pinto engine, offering 0-60mph in just 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 108mph 

Unlike the Mk1 Escort, which was designed by Ford of Great Britain, the Mk2 was a much more sophisticated design jointly developed with Ford of Germany. Based on a standard Mk2 two-door saloon shell, the RS2000 used the familiar 2-litre, 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 the 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 1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom in extraordinary unrestored condition.  The car was known to and admired by our vendor for many years, before eventually becoming its second owner in 2016. Apparently, it had front wing repeater lamps fitted from new as the original owner used to drive to France occasionally. It was professionally rustproofed from new by Vehicle Rust Proofing Ltd. of Aldershot (guarantee card present). Mostly left ‘as is’, it has always been well maintained, professionally stored, with very minimum paintwork and just refurbished alloy wheels, new Pirelli tyres and some recent recommissioning.

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YPK 744T
Escort RS2000 Custom
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