A classic Ford Escort RS Turbo is set to go under the hammer at auction, and it could fetch more than double its original price.
The iconic racy model was first registered in 1985 and has been fully restored back to its former glory by a previous owner.
This particular RS Turbo is an early right-hand drive Series 1 model and has covered around 98,000 miles.
Hampsons Auctions, who are handling the sale, has set a guide price of £20,000 to £25,000, which is a tidy profit over the car’s original sticker price of around £9,000.
Amazingly, the fast Ford has had 19 owners over its lifetime which means it’s certainly seen some action, but its recent refurb means it's still in great condition for its next keeper.
And, it wouldn’t be a proper RS Turbo model if it didn’t come in the famous Ford Diamond White paintwork, while there’s a host of paperwork showing the maintenance that has kept it running all these years.
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In fact, the top-of-the-range Escort has an MOT till March 2024, and the following year will be tax-exempt as it celebrates its 40th birthday – which means a nice little saving.
The RS Turbo has a 1.6-litre petrol engine, managing 0-62mph in a decent 7.8 seconds and 128mph flat out – showing the fact that it was designed to support Ford’s rallying ambitions.
The next Series 2 RS Turbo appeared in 1986 and continued to be built until 1990.
It was offered in a choice of colours, whereas the Series 1 was only produced in the Diamond White paint – although 3 special orders were taken in black, so they’re as rare as hen’s teeth.
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The auction takes place on 13th May and is sure to attract a lot of interest.
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