1971 Ford Escort RS1600

Powered by the legendary 1.6 litre BDA engine developed by Cosworth and found in a multitude of motorsport applications, the rare RS1600 models were built at Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations and paved the way for other iconic Ford Escort RS models.

The Ford Escort RS1600 was the car that started the RS phenomenon and born as result of Fords success on the International Rally scene. This remarkably interesting car is a well-documented, low mileage example that comes with an unrepeatable history.

Between 1972 and 1974 the Escort was used for Motoring News Road rally events. The Escort was colour changed from Maize to White during its early life and then competed in many events with some success, and even a winner. Owner Peter Lancaster rallied the RS and competed in the Mardlebury Rally, Arlington Straight Rally, Alnite Rally, Uniflo Brent Vale Rally, Unifo Mad Hatter Rally, Unifo Rally of Breckland, Britvic Rally, Karebrand Cloverleaf Rally, Burmah Trophy Rally, Noreaster Rally and Pheonix Rally. With the comprehensive history we have original photos (even the tiny proofs from the motorsport photographers) from some of the events, entry lists and results lists, the sets of rally regulations and all the rally door/ boot plates. When the car’s owner passed away in 1978, the car had covered just over 50, 000 miles and it was then left dry stored in a garage and discovered in 2002 when sold by the early owner’s mother – the car effectively in the same family for over 30 years.

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