Ford Escort RS Cosworth 1996 – UK

Ford Escort RS Cosworth powstał aby zwyciężać i czynił to wielokrotnie. Wygrał już w swoim rajdowym debiucie, a w kolejnych startach François Delecour i Miki Biasion dbali, by nie schodził z nagłówków gazet. Oparty był na skróconej płycie podłogowej poprzednika – doskonałej Sierry Cosworth – ze wzdłużnie umieszczonym turbodoładowanym silnikiem i stałym napędem na cztery koła. Już w wersji cywilnej imponował ogromnym tylnym spojlerem, będącym głównym wyróżnikiem pierwszej serii. Licytowany egzemplarz jest jednym z ostatnich z 7145 wyprodukowanych egzemplarzy. To model poliftowy, który oprócz spojlera został doposażony w większą turbosprężarkę i nowe ECU. Zwraca uwagę niski przebieg, zaledwie 13800 km. Prognozowana cena na aukcji 20 czerwca została określona ze sporymi widełkami – 86-140 tys. PLN.


Lot 442N
Chassis no. WFOBXXFKABSK03626 Engine no. to be advised
£15,000 – 25,000
PLN 86,000 – 140,000

AUCTION 22685:
Important Collectors' Automobilia, Motorcycles and Motor Cars
20 Jun 2015 15:00 BST

Chassis no. WFOBXXFKABSK03626
Engine no. to be advised

Intended to spearhead Ford’s international rallying campaign, the Escort RS Cosworth made its winning debut in Spain’s Talavera Rally in 1990. Production commenced in 1992 and the car entered World Rally Championship competition the following year, enjoying outstanding success in the hands of works drivers François Delecour and Miki Biasion. Although the RS Cosworth strongly resembled the Escort road car, it was in fact based on a shortened Sierra 4×4 floor pan and used the latter’s running gear. The power unit was Cosworth’s familiar, 2.0-litre, 16-valve, four-cylinder turbo, in road trim producing 227bhp. All that horsepower in a nimble, compact car made for stupendous performance – 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds, 138mph top speed – and the end of production in 1996 was a sad day for many.

This left-hand drive, Italian-registered example has had only three owners, all within the vendor’s family, having been purchased new by his grandfather directly from the local Ford dealership. It incorporates all the features one would expect from a car of this class including ABS, central locking, climate control and power assisted steering. Other noteworthy features include a larger-than-standard turbocharger and a Sierra Cosworth ECU.

Kept in a heated and dehumidified garage, the car is original and unmolested and has covered only some 13,800 kilometres (approximately 8,600 miles) from new. As one would expect of such sparing usage, it is presented in generally excellent condition. Its owner starts the engine every 1-2 weeks to bring it up to temperature, and the car also benefits from a changed cam belt; new oil, air and fuel filters; and new spark plugs, coolant and brake fluid. Finished in desirable Mallard Green with a grey Recaro interior, the latter described as perfect, this excellent – and very fast – example of one of the most iconic 'hot hatches' of the 1990s is offered with sundry service/maintenance invoices and fresh MoT certificate.