MK1 Ford Escort RS1600 BDA

MK1 Ford Escort RS1600 BDA…

Most unusually, when this RS1600 was supplied new on 24th July 1971, its first owner chose to export the car to the island of Malta where it was to remain until 2005. Having covered just over 42,000 miles out there, with little evidence of any rust or corrosion, it was imported to the UK by Ford enthusiast Mike Butler who then restored the car painstakingly through a nut and bolt process that was not finished until 2013. Today, it remains in its original colour of Ermine White and is happily still married to its original engine, gearbox and internal trim, with a replacement dashboard recently fitted.

In the history file we can see evidence of the monies spent and also a list of the ‘rolling roads’ visited in order to get the engine running as sweetly as it does today. It’s supplied with a Ford workshop manual for the RS1600 as well as lots of bills and receipts. Joining the Kinlee Collection in 2021, when our vendor bought the car from us when offered fresh from a six-year slumber, as part of our much respected late vendor’s Ford collection.

This is a seriously rare opportunity to acquire a BDA-engined Mk1 Escort RS1600, carrying the most appropriate registration number.

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