Auction House – 1972 MK1 Ford Escort RS1600 BDA sells for £67,500 at Silverstone Auctions

This incredible 1972 MK1 Ford Escort RS1600 BDA recently sold at Silverstone Auctions for a price of £67,500. The UK supplied, right-hand drive Escort RS 1600 is box fresh from a detailed, ground-up full restoration and finished in its original factory Ermine White with a black cloth interior and fitted with an un-modified, standard BDA rebuilt by Hart Performance with dyno use only and zero road hours making c.25bhp (100bhp at 5,000rpm).

The vendor and his business partner have, over the last four years, completed a total ‘ground-up detailed restoration finished with amazing attention to detail. Items such as the engine were sent to highly-regarded specialists for a total rebuild. Joe Stevens of Heart Power was entrusted with the rebuild of the BDA and noted that it was refreshing to work on a unit that had never been modified and remained as standard. The BDA was stripped and reassembled then tested on the bench showing a promising 100bhp at 5000rpm. Once run-in, the engine builder believes this motor should produce a healthy 125bhp peak performance.

Accompanied by a history file including a wealth of invoices for the restoration which the vendor informs amounted to around £65,000 in total, a current V5c with the vehicle correctly titled as an RS1600 and other related paperwork.

Currently, this nicely restored RS has zero road hours on the engine so will require a suitable running in period before spirited driving. Increasingly sought after and highly collectable, the first generation of the RS will remain the ‘Holy Grail’ to most classic car enthusiasts and collectors alike. Examples as good as this rarely come to market so this represented a great opportunity to take ownership of a ‘box-fresh’ RS1600!

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