1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 2

Lot: 840

Sold for (£): 12,760
Offered for sale is a 1.6L 1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo manual. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 108 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Smartly presented, 2nd-generation, Turbo with only three owners...


  • The 'Series 2' Escort RS Turbo (1986-1990) was a much more civilised driving prospect
  • 1600cc, fuel-injected CVH engine now fitted with the water-cooled Garret T3 turbo and revised engine management
  • Improved gearbox and limited-slip differential, larger clutch, improved KE Jetronic unit, and an intercooler
  • Finished in solid White with a virtually unmarked Grey Cloth Recaro interior. Just 73,000 miles 
  • Supplied with all of its original book packs and a detailed service record from new


Lot Details

Registration: H42 EVC RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1990 Engine size: 1.6L
Make: Ford Odometer reading (miles): 73286
Model: Escort RS Turbo MOT expiry: 2019-08-15
Warranted: No Chassis number: WFOBXXGCABLL95702

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 108 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


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Vehicle History


The 'Series 2' Escort RS Turbo (produced between 1986-1990) was much more approachable on the road, whereas the earlier car was, in reality, a bit of a 'homologation special'. Many 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 5750 rpm, with maximum torque of 133 lb/ft at 2750 rpm, giving it serious performance with a top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60mph time of 8.3 seconds. Although on paper, these figures were a tad down on the Series 1, the new car was considerably easier to drive quickly and, effectively, was a faster car. 

I spoke with the vendor when doing the photographs of the car and he has known the vehicle since it was acquired by its second keeper at around 12 months old. This is possibly the most original one of these that anyone will find. It was purchased by a head teacher locally to us, and he then maintained it for her for over 20 years before her retirement when she finally agreed to let him buy it. He has looked after it meticulously since he bought it nearly 12 years ago, and has ensured that maintaining the originality has been key. He has even kept a log of every single journey he has done within those same 12 years. 

About the Condition Report

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history