1992 FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH HATCHBACK - BONHAMS 20-03-16
UNDER THE HAMMER
GOODWOOD MEMBERS MEETING SALE
SATURDAY 20th MARCH 2016
GOODWOOD CIRCUIT, CHICHESTER
1992 FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH HATCHBACK
Registration no. 23 CWC
Chassis no. WFOBXXGKABNL95122
Engine no. NL95122
*One owner from new *Circa 2,494 miles recorded *Full service history *Recently re-commissioned
Intended to spearhead Ford's international rallying campaign, the Escort RS Cosworth made its winning debut in Spain's Talavera Rally in 1990. Production commenced in February 1992 and the car entered World Rally Championship competition the following year, enjoying outstanding success in the hands of works drivers François Delecour and Miki Biasion. Although the RS Cosworth strongly resembled the Escort road car, it was in fact based on a shortened Sierra 4x4 floor pan and used the latter's running gear. This meant that, unlike the mainstream Mk V Escort, the RS Cosworth mounted its engine fore-and-aft rather than transversely; it also used the Sierra 4x4's five-speed manual transmission, which featured permanent four-wheel drive and a 34/66% front/rear power split.
A front air dam, flared wheelarches and an outrageous 'whale tail' rear spoiler - all necessary for effective competition - gave the Escort RS Cosworth a road presence that few cars could match, while electric windows, central locking, tinted glass and a sunroof were all standard features. The power unit was Cosworth's familiar 2.0-litre, 16-valve, four-cylinder YBT equipped with a Garrett turbocharger, in road trim producing 227bhp. All that horsepower in a nimble, compact car made for stupendous performance: 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds, 138mph top speed; the end of production in January 1996 was a sad day for many. Only 7,145 cars were produced over a four-year period, and today this 'cult classic' is one of the most sought after of modern high-performance Fords.
This ultra low-mileage, one-owner example was purchased new from John Grose Ford of Ipswich by Kingsley Curtis, since when it has been garage stored and used sparingly. Serviced annually by John Grose up to 1998 (at 2,449 miles), it was MoT'd annually thereafter and re-commissioned by them in September 2015, including a full service and replacement of the cam belt and pulleys (invoice on file). The current odometer reading is only 2,494 miles. Presented in excellent condition, this quite exceptional Escort RS Cosworth is offered with MoT to June 2016 and a V5C registration document.