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Friday 1 November 2019

1989 FORD ESCORT RS TURBO S2 - SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS NEC Classic Car Show Sale NEC, Birmingham West Midlands Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2019


NEC Classic Car Show Sale
NEC, Birmingham West Midlands
Saturday 9th 
& Sunday 10th November 2019


Year of manufacture:
Chassis number:
# of cylinders:
Engine capacity:
Body colour:
Right-hand Drive
Registration number:
G866 ATL
Escort RS Turbo S2
Engine number:
Interior colour:
Grey Cloth
Odometer Reading:

  • A 1990-spec example registered on the 09/11/1989 supplied new by Lindsay Cars Ltd., an RS main dealer in Lisburn, NI 
  • An immaculate example in very original unrestored condition, with all original panels and an untouched shell 
  • The engine bay is virtually to show standard whilst the interior is almost completely unmarked
  • The car has never been modified from new and remains completely standard
  • Recent full service (including cam-belt and tensioner), and a brake and suspension overhaul, plus the fitment of a replica original exhaust
  • With early supplying dealer Ford service history and many previous MOT certificates to warrant the mileage of just 29,000 miles
Based on the success of the previous model, the S2 Escort RS Turbo (produced between 1986-1990) was more suited to the road, whereas the earlier car was a bit of a 'homologation special'. Many new features were adopted for the Series 2 including utilising the 1600cc fuel-injected CVH engine taken from the S1 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 and improved KE Jetronic unit and inter-cooler. Suspension and chassis changes included stiffer front and rear springs, uprated anti-roll bars, mechanical ABS and larger brakes. The S2 car produced an impressive 132bhp at 5750 rpm, with maximum torque of 133 lb/ft produced at 2750 rpm, giving it ample performance with a top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60mph time of 8.3 seconds.
The car presented here is a 1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo S2 (‘90 spec) first registered on the 09/11/1989 and supplied new by Lindsay cars Ltd., an RS dealer in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. It's covered a mere 29,000 miles with early supplying dealer Ford service history and many previous MOT certificates to verify the mileage.
It is an immaculate example in very original un-restored condition, complete with all original panels, perfect panels gaps and is ‘straight as a dye’ down the sides. Close inspection shows it has never had a welding torch near it and the shell/underside are in simply lovely untouched condition. The car has never been modified from new and remains completely standard. The interior is virtually unmarked, whilst the alloy wheels have never been refurbished and are still wearing their four original Goodyear NCT50 tyres. The spare alloy and original tyre are unused, whilst the luggage compartment looks like brand new. The original Ford exhaust has just been replaced due to age, with a bespoke replica of the original fitted, and the brakes have just been overhauled. The engine bay has recently received a deep clean and is virtually show standard, still retaining the original grey Ford HT leads! The car has had a recent full service, including cambelt and tensioner.
It was imported by the current owner in 2017 from Southern Ireland with the registration 89LK4607, whilst the previous Northern Ireland registration was HDZ 2288. The car is now fully UK registered with an appropriate registration number allocated.
The current owner is an avid Ford collector and the car is only being sold due to him buying another rare Ford. This car is ready to show or to be driven on high days and holidays. One of the best available and a must for the Ford collector.
(the first image listed is not of the actual car offered for sale and is a library image used with thanks)

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