Sold for £26,438
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: B490 GWF
Chassis No: WF0BXXGCABFJ08821
MOT: June 2023
Developed by Ford's Special Vehicle Engineering Department, the Escort RS Turbo broke cover in October 1984. Far more than a souped-up XR3i, the newcomer featured heavy-duty suspension, improved brakes, and a viscous coupling limited slip differential (the latter a road car first). A production run of 5,000 was planned to homologate the model for Group A competition but demand was such that 8,604 were made (with 5,576 being UK supplied). Only available in Diamond White - except for Lady Diana Spencer's unique Black example - the three-door sported a comprehensive body kit and was powered by a turbocharged 1597cc CVH four-cylinder engine allied to a five-speed manual transmission. With some 132bhp and 133lbft of torque on tap, the ‘fast Ford’ was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds and 128mph. Described by Motor Sport magazine as "perhaps the most enjoyable hot hatch currently available on the British market", the Escort RS Turbo attracted a cult following that has gone from strength to strength, and with the model approaching its 40th anniversary, they could well be a very shrewd investment.
Manufactured in 1984, this RS Turbo was supplied new on the 25th of February by Hooley’s Garage Ltd of Nottingham to the first owner, Auto Windscreens of Chesterfield, who are understood to have ordered new a few Series 1 Escort RS Turbos, with this example being registered as ‘15 CXO’. Finished in the solely available colour of Diamond White matched to the iconic Grey Recaro interior upholstery, the Escort is thought to have been retained by Auto Windscreens until 1988. Presenting for sale now having covered a modest 83,136 miles from new (at time of consignment), ‘B490 GWF’ has been in current ownership since 2014 with seven former keepers.
While in the vendor’s possession, the Escort has benefitted from a new cambelt and tensioner less than 500 miles previous, as well as more recently, refurbishment of the RS alloy wheels, a replacement battery, and servicing. Offered with a large history file which contains the book pack comprising Motorists, Operations, and Dealer Guides, as well as the original service book. Also present is a handwritten log of ‘B490 GWFs’ maintenance, improvement, and servicing from 1990 onwards, with invoices dating back to 1990, twenty-eight MOT certificates dating back to 1989 (including a ‘no advisory’ MOT until June 2023), over twenty tax discs (dating onwards from 1992), a workshop manual, and a current V5C document completing the documents on file.
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