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Ford Escort RS 2000 — 1978

The model that was so successful as a rally car that it managed to defeat the Audi Quattro in the World Rally Championship (WRC). This particular unit was not used for racing and was only produced in 279 units.

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"One of the best RS 2000 cars we've seen. Professionally renovated in 2010 and still in excellent condition in every detail."

600 000SEK
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Mikael Johnn
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Rebecca R Bengtsson
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"One of the best RS 2000 cars we've seen. Professionally renovated in 2010 and still in excellent condition in every detail."


The owner, who participated in historic racing with Escorts during the 1990s and worked for Ford in Sweden (from 1989 to 2023), purchased this car in Germany in 2018. The car was part of a large Ford collection and had been renovated in 2010. It had covered just over 12,000 kilometers as a private vehicle, with 2 owners in Germany. It had never been used in rallies or been involved in rust or collision damage. The owner guarantees this, as well as the accuracy of the odometer reading (132,946 km).

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    132946 km 
  • Kw / hp
    97 / 132 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    In excellent technical condition. The car passed its new inspection on September 15, 2023, without any remarks. The engine is a 2.0 OHC engine, Group 1 tuned with larger valves, a sharper camshaft, and twin vertical Weber 44 IDF carburetors with a special RS air cleaner. The exhaust manifold is also marked RS. This car has the stronger "205 engine block" and has also been equipped with a close-ratio gear set in the gearbox, Ford original type Rocket.

  • Interior condition:

    Normally well-maintained original condition. Currently, the driver's seat has been sent to an upholsterer for fabric replacement, as it was worn at the lumbar area. A temporary seat has been installed in the meantime. The car will be delivered with the correct seat once the replacement is complete.

  • Exterior condition:

    The car is in great overall condition with a solid body and undercarriage. There are no signs of accidents or repaired rust issues. The car looks almost like new. The only issue is some delamination in one corner of the front windshield (see picture).

  • General condition:

    The car runs beautifully with good acceleration and excellent road-holding capabilities. It's stable in curves and has excellent brakes. A pure joy to drive with unbeatable sound from the rev-happy engine. The best overall impression, both as a collector's car and for its usability and tremendous fun to drive.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 2018-08-01
Ursprungsbesiktning: 2018-07-26 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 2018-08-01 (780702)
Senast godkända besiktning: 2023-09-15
Besiktigad tom: 2025-09-30
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 1

Facts about the model

The Ford Escort RS 2000 Spezial was produced in limited numbers from 1976 to 1978. These were factory-built as motorsport cars for homologation into Group 1+, with a total of 279 units produced. The bodywork was modified for Ford's Motorsport department at Zakspeed in Niederzissen, where they installed widened fenders and 7.5-inch RS wheels, among other upgrades.

At Ford, they added a stronger rear axle with a limited-slip differential, reinforced suspension components, and sway bars. Bilstein shock absorbers, larger brakes, and more enhancements were also part of the package. The interior received special sport seats, upgraded upholstery, and an RS leather steering wheel. The Spezial model can be recognized by these features, as well as a different chassis number plate and tinted windows. Additionally, it has a larger fuel tank in the trunk (69 liters) for longer racing distances, a feature not found in the standard RS 2000 models.

This is indeed a unique opportunity to purchase a very rare and historically interesting car in excellent condition.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Båstad

For viewing the vehicle, contact the valuator/depot:

Mikael Johnn

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Collection must take place before: 2023-12-07.

NOTE! Payment (deposit to our account) must be made within 5 days and before collection.

Auction information

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