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Saturday 31 August 2019

1988 FORD ESCORT RS TURBO - COYS AUCTIONS Fontwell House Sale Chichester Thursday 12th September 2019


Fontwell House Sale
Thursday 12th September 2019

Registration No: F965 AEL

The ‘Series 2’ Escort RS Turbo (produced between 1986-1990) was in many ways a much better car than the Series 1. New features were adopted for the Series 2 including utilising the 1600cc, fuel-injected CVH engine from the Series 1 Turbo but now fitted with the Garret T3 Turbo (water-cooled, unlike the S1), revised engine management settings, lower overall gearing, an improved gearbox and limited-slip differential, a larger clutch, improved KE Jetronic unit, and an intercooler.
Suspension and chassis changes included stiffer front and rear springs, uprated anti-roll bars, mechanical ABS and larger brakes. The Series 2 car produced an impressive 132bhp at 5,750rpm, with maximum torque of 133 lb/ft at 2,750rpm, giving it serious performance with a top speed of 125mph and a 0-60mph time of 8.3 seconds. Although on paper, these figures were slightly less competitive than the Series 1, the new car was considerably easier to drive quickly and, effectively, was a faster car for it.

This rare grey, left-hand drive car was imported in August 1998. The car shows only 33,000 miles on the odometer and judging by the condition of the car it looks to be true. The car’s interior is clean and in good condition as is the paintwork and mechanicals. The car is no different underneath being very well presented and has recently benefitted from a service which included the cambelt. The vendor describes the car as being in excellent condition and that it runs and drives well. With so many of these cars suffering from rust and modifications, it is becoming increasingly hard to find an original, unmolested and solid example. A superb opportunity and certainly a rare car in this condition.

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