Ford Escort RS Cosworth Monte Carlo
- Mileage: 55,841
- Year: 1994
- MOT Expiry: April 2023
- Exterior Colour: Mallard Green Metallic
- Interior Colour: Motorsport Cloth Recaro
- Top speed: 140
- 0-60mph: 6.1
- BHP: 227
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1993cc
- Engine Configuration: Turbocharged Inline 4
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was a sports derivative and rally homologation special of the fifth generation European Ford Escort. It was designed to qualify as a Group A car for the World Rally Championship, in which it competed between 1993 and 1998. It was available as a road car from 1992-1996 in very limited nusmbers and was instantly recognisable due to its large ‘whale tail' rear spoiler. The main selling point was the Cosworth YBT engine, a highly tunable turbocharged two-litre engine that had an output of 224hp in standard guise. The car was widely acknowledged to have excellent handling.
Ford developed the car around the chassis and mechanicals of its predecessor, the Sierra RS Cosworth, to accommodate the larger Cosworth engine and transmission. Designed under the guidance of Rod Mansfield and John Wheeler of Ford's SVO department, the styling was carried out during 1989, by Stephen Harper at MGA Developments in Coventry. The body was created by coachbuilder Karmann at their facility in Rheine, Germany, where the cars were subsequently manufactured.
Changes were also made to the engine management system, and a new turbocharger was fitted. Permanent four-wheel drive with a 34/66% front/rear split came courtesy of an uprated five-speed gearbox as used in the Sierra RS Cosworth. Recaro sports seats came as a standard fitment. Later production models were available without the oversized spoiler although by far the majority was still ordered with it.
The Escort Cosworth was a rare car with just 7,145 vehicles produced from the start of production on 19 February 1992 until the last car rolled out of the factory on 12 January 1996.
Built to commemorate Ford’s success in the 1993-1994 Monte Carlo rallies, the Escort RS Cosworth Monte Carlo was a limited edition run of just 200 cars worldwide. They were produced in three colours; Ash Black, Mallard Green, Jewel Violet, and just 70 were produced in right-hand drive.
Numbered Motorsport plaque (180), 16-inch OZ Racing rally-style wheels, Motorsport cloth Recaro seats, Polished gear knob and handbrake button, Electrically-operated and heated door mirrors, ‘Quickclear’ heated windscreen and washer jets, Rear centre armrest, Rear head restraints, Tilt and slide glass sunroof with louvered blind, Electrically-operated front windows, Opening rear quarter vent windows, Aerodynamic equipment (Adjustable front air splitter on bumper and wheel arch deflectors, Two piece body coloured rear tailgate spoiler), Alarm/immobiliser, Body-coloured door mirrors, Heated rear window, Locking body-coloured fuel cap, Central locking, Headlamp wash/wipe, Integral front fog lamps, Map reading lights, Load compartment light, Cassette radio with ‘Keycode’ anti-theft code and eight speakers, CD player, Oil pressure gauge, Turbo gauge, Voltmeter, Reach-adjustable steering column, Three-spoke leather steering wheel, Height adjustable driver’s seat, Padded central armrest, Quartz digital clock, Glovebox illumination, Remote tailgate release, Spare wheel cover.
This Monte Carlo presents in absolutely stunning condition, the paintwork is virtually unmarked and has a mirror light shine. Clearly the car has lived a cossetted life as all of the black plastic trims and rubber seals remain free from sun damage or perishing. The lights are all crystal clear and free from any cracks or chips. The only imperfections we could find on the car were a small stone chip above the Ford badge and a couple of minor marks on the lower edge of the front splitter. The underside of the car is also in remarkable condition with no signs of any structural corrosion around the normal weak spots, and it certainly looks like it’s never been driven on British salty roads. Surely a candidate for a show-winning car.
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The condition of the interior is also very good, the seats are some of the best we’ve seen with no damage or marks to the fabric and only a couple of wrinkles to the drivers bolster. The dashboard is immaculate with no cracks or damage and the only non-standard items being the Alpine head unit and two immobilisers located to the left of the gearstick. Other items such as the door cards, parcel shelf and all of the carpets are also immaculate. Inside the boot area is pristine with no signs of wear or any stains to the carpet.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine compartment itself is in lovely condition with no corrosion on any of the metal ancillary parts or any oxidisation to the aluminium components. The previous keeper owned his own well-established garage who have maintained this car to a superb standard and after our inspection we were unable to find fault. Some mild modifications have been done to the engine to improve performance and the car drives extremely well, feeling tight with a great surge of acceleration. The original parts are included with the sale if the new owner would like to return it to standard. It has just been freshly serviced so is ready to be enjoyed
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All of the OZ racing alloys are in perfect condition and are all shod in a recently replaced set of Falken tyres. The car has just returned from a full inspection and all of the braking and suspension components were said to be in fine fettle.
The file comes with an immaculately presented document pack with all of the original owners manuals and both keys. The service book has the first five services noted which are also backed up with the original invoices. To further verify the car’s low mileage there is a file full of old MOT certificates dating back to 1999 when the car had 23,000 miles. Another nice addition to the history file are copies of all the old registration documents and the current one which shows 8 previous keepers. The current keeper of five years is the owner of a well-established garage who has had all the maintenance work carried out through the business; the parts invoices have been put through the business but he has provided a letter verifying the maintenance on the car. Just back from a service and inspection at our preferred specialist garage the car was found to be in fine fettle with the only required work being the repair of the washer jets and a service.
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