30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 91

1979 Ford Escort MK2 RS 2000
X-Pack series

Sold for £36,373

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: DHN 646T
Chassis No: GCATWK51757
MOT: Exempt

  • Built in Germany during February 1979 to LHD specification
  • Reportedly fitted with the highly desirable 'X-Series' kit in period by a Ford Rallye Sport dealer
  • Formerly part of an impressive 'Fast Ford' collection
  • Significantly enhanced performance-wise but retains its original drivetrain, brakes and suspension etc should a new owner wish to convert it back to stock

Developed in conjunction with Ford of Cologne and launched during January 1976, the Escort MK2 RS2000 was based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell equipped with MacPherson strut front suspension, a leaf-sprung ‘live’ rear axle, rack-and-pinion steering and disc/drum brakes. Powered by a longitudinally-mounted 2-litre four-cylinder engine allied to four-speed manual transmission, the RS2000 was credited with 110bhp and a 110mph plus top speed. Visually distinguished from its lesser brethren by a fibreglass snout housing quad headlamps, the model could be had in ‘Custom’ and - from 1978 onwards - ‘Basic’ guises. However, the ultimate MK2 RS2000s were those modified in period by Ford Rallye Sport dealers with the Blue Oval’s ‘X Series’ (or ‘X’ Pack) kit which comprised an integrated front spoiler, flared fibreglass wheel arches all-round, wider alloy wheels, twenty percent more horsepower, uprated brakes / suspension and bespoke Scheel bucket seats etc. There was no such thing as a production ‘X-Series’ model. Although, Michael Kranefuss - Ford’s then Motor Sport Director – is reputed to have had 300 cars taken off the Saarlouis production line and despatched to Cologne for semi-official upgrading.

Built in Germany during February 1979 to left-hand drive specification, chassis GCATWK51757 migrated to the UK some thirty years later. Part of an impressive ‘Fast Ford’ collection prior to entering the current ownership in 2021, the previous keeper was reportedly adamant that ‘DHN 646T’ had been fitted with a ‘X-Series’ kit when new (or nearly new) by a Ford Rallye Sport dealer. The vendor further tells us that: “One of the main attractions when purchasing this vehicle was the condition of the bodyshell which appears to be unmolested, no signs of previous repairs, original spot welds and the original chassis number clearly stamped into the strut housing/inner wing”.

Treated to thousands of pounds worth of performance and handling enhancements in recent years, the RS2000 pleasingly retains its original engine, four-speed manual gearbox, propshaft, suspension and brakes etc should a new owner wish to reinstate them. These important parts can be collected from the seller’s Cheshire base and form part of the sale contract. As presented today, the Escort is powered by a 2.0 litre DOHC Zetec engine with uprated camshafts and Jenvey throttle bodies (running on a soft map delivering circa 175hp). The transmission has been changed to a Ford “Type 9” five-speed gearbox which incorporates straight-cut internals and a very tall 1st gear, while the propshaft is a single-piece item. All brake and fuel lines have been replaced and new fuel pumps and brake master cylinders have also been fitted along with front vented brake discs and 4-pot callipers. The suspension has been upgraded with Spax adjustable shock absorbers, new uprated springs, and top spring mounts. To finish off the significant upgrades the RS2000 now runs on 15-inch rims with all new tyres and a completely new stainless exhaust system.

Importantly, it is said that only quality parts supplied mainly by ‘Burton’ and ‘Retroford’ have been used in the upgrade work. ‘DHN 646T’ represents a rare opportunity to purchase a highly desirable ‘Fast Ford’ which is prepared to a very high standard and features many upgrades to enhance driveability on today’s roads. Offered with a UK V5C Registration Document and invoices detailing a lot of the parts and labour costs incurred.

For more information, please contact:
Roy Hitchman
07718 584216


Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

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