1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Rally Car

Lot: 160

Sold for (£): 24,000
Offered for sale is a 2.0L 1995 Ford Escort Cosworth manual. Coming with a history file, this lot's condition scores 78 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:


Escort Cosworth "Recce" car believed to have been Colin McRae's...

  • Last of the Escort RS range and created to homologate the model in Group A of the WRC
  • Manufactured in late 1995, this is a genuine, German-built, left-hand drive, Cosworth (WFOBXXGKAB)
  • Finished in Diamond White and enjoyed by five previous keepers. 37,700 miles indicated
  • Probably a 'Motorsport/Roadsport' version now prepared to a full period ('93-96') specification 
  • Sparco seats carry the names McRae/Grist and we are informed that the car was used as a recce car at some point
This car was consigned by Simon Langsdale. Please feel free to contact Simon on 07496 556325 / simon@classiccarauctions.co.uk

NB * Was the subject of an insurance claim in 2004, subsequently inspected and VIC passed

 Vendor Statement ...."I have in the past  spoken to Gordon Spooner ref the Cosworth. He remembers building the Car for Colin McCrae and Niki Grist but has not confirmed it in writing.

In the last 2 weeks I have made contact with Niki Grist he was very accommodating and helpful. He said that the car looked very familiar and was confident it was one they used to use but has not verified it in writing. He was hopeful of finding some photos to verify it.

In the last week we have made contact with Jimmy McCrae again he remembered the car but has not verified it in writing"

Lot Details

Registration: N870 GNO RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Year: 1995 Engine size: 2.0L
Make: Ford Odometer reading (miles): 37700
Model: Escort Cosworth MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: WFOBXXGKABSP93541

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 78 / 135


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Paint: Chrome:


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Vehicle History


We understand that this has been used as a Rally Recce car but it was not used by McRae and Grist during their Subaru years. Outside chance that it could have been used by Malcolm Wilson's works Ford Focus team in 1999 when the works Focus proved unreliable and they needed a recce car at short notice. Be good to research.

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