The genesis of the RS breed...
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Why THIS, RS1600?
Steeped In Motorsport History
The Escort name is one that is synonymous with motorsport victories and many still consider it one the greatest rally cars ever. It's most notable win was the London to Mexico world cup rally in 1970 which prompted Ford to produce a road going version of the winning rally car - the Escort Mexico.
This RS1600 has had an extensive, no expense spared, full nut and bolt restoration, brining this car to concours condition. More importantly it has been done with original and period correct parts. This car is as it was when it rolled out of the factory in 1971.
Fits The 25 Year US Export Rule
Being a 1971 car this Escort RS1600 has been exportable to the US for some time. Due to the increase in awareness of rallying thanks to US drivers such as Ken Block and Travis Pastrana, this could have a positive impact on potential future valuations for rally-bred icons such as this.
Outstanding Maintenance Records
This car has an encyclopaedic
maintenance history. Its records detail every owner since new and even holds its original Ford warranty card from 1971. Along with its full body restoration the car's BDA race engine has been rebuilt by performance experts and has covered 0 miles. It is a true time warp piece.
Escort RS1600s have seen an price increase of 20%* between 2018 and 2022 inclusive.
*data taken from Glenmarch.co.uk
250 Fractional Shares
Invest in the ownership of Ford's era defining car in motorsport, funding at a value of £74,500 including all fees and divided into just 250 fractional ownership shares.
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Minimum investment of 1 share for £298.00 up to a maximum investment of £7,400 for a 10% shareholding.
2% (5 shares) - £1490.00
4% (10 shares) = £2980.00
A Concours Example
UK classic car specialist Hagerty value a concours example of the 1971 Ford Escort RS1600 at £98,600
at current market value.
An Era Defining Car
We are thrilled to be able to bring to you this concourse example of the car that started the 'RS' (Rallye Sport) name.
We have sourced a fully restored Mk1 Escort RS1600, fitted with what is essentially a detuned Formula 2 engine, the Escort was designed to be Ford's latest rally weapon when it was released.
There was merely 1,137 RS1600s produced, covering just 59,000 miles before its full restoration and engine rebuild, this one looks and drives like it just left the factory!
Although fresh from restoration and in concours visual condition, our RS1600 valuation sits between 'excellent' and 'concours' due to the car having an original shell but a newly refreshed period correct engine, which was a common occurrence across RS1600s due to the high demand of rallying, for which these cars are bred.
The Escort RS1600 is widely considered the holy grail for Ford collectors and we believe this one stands head and shoulders above the rest!
Excellent - Condition 2
#2 cars could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 cars that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws.
Concours - Condition 1
#1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best car, unmodified, in the right colours, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours.
Data from Hagerty.co.uk outlines the indicative valuation of excellent and concours Escort RS1600s as above
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns
A case for
A car that is truly outstanding in its field...
The Forefather of all Fast Fords and more importantly the first car to receive an engine block produced by Cosworth, who at the time were a relatively small company. It's safe to say without this venture in turning an everyday family car into a performance monster, we could have been without icons such as the Sierra RS500 and the later generation Escort RS.
Slotting what was essentially a detuned Formula 2 engine into an inconspicuous saloon was met with huge success. With the Escort bringing in two WRC manufacturers championship wins and a host of international victories too.
The most notable win of which was the London to Mexico world cup rally in 1970 which prompted the production of the Escort Mexico and shortly after, It's BDA engined successor the RS1600.
The Escort name is one that is steeped in Motorsport history and will always be known as the genesis of the 'Rallye Sport' name...