With their Escort doing so well in the rallying world, it made sense that Ford would try and create some hotter road-going versions and the job of creating these models was left to Ford's new Advanced Vehicle Operations, based in Essex.
Following up on the RS1600 of 1970, which was quite a specialist car that demanded a lot of care and attention, came the Mexico and then in June 1973 the RS2000 which was far more suited to the man in the street. The car fitted nicely into the AVO line up with its performance almost comparable to the complex RS1600, but with the same reliability and ease of maintenance as the Mexico. Importantly, the RS2000 utilised the same Type-49-body shell as the Mexico and RS1600. The RS2000 was the first Escort to be powered by the overhead cam four-pot, as Ford decided that their 2-litre ‘Pinto’ engine was to be used in the new model. It required a few modifications to fit in the small Escort’s engine bay, but it resulted in 100bhp and 146Nm, which in a 935kg car meant it had fantastic performance for the time.
The looks are what grab the attention first though, with the bold colours, side stripes, and iconic 4-spoke wheels. This Mk1 RS2000 is a true classic that’s not just great to look at, but also fantastic to drive.
|Engine / Cylsi4||Power100bhp|
|Engine PositionFront||Top Speed108mph|
|MPGn/a mpg||Retail Price£50,000|
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