1983 Ford Escort RS1600i

Lot: 759

Sold for (£): 8,800
Offered for sale is a 1.6L 1983 Ford Escort RS1600i manual that has been with the current owner for the last 7 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 87 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Recently restored RS1600i with the emphasis on originality.

The Ford Escort RS1600i was built purely to meet 'Group A' homologation regulations, and was the first genuine challenger to the Golf GTI, offering more power and significantly more developed suspension, marginally out-handling the Wolfsburg icon. With limited production numbers and a high price - as well as being sold through Rallye-Sport dealers only - they were harder to come by and were sold quickly. When the car received fuel injection - and a power hike, the following year, the gap was closed ever further. Surprisingly effective in Touring Cars back then, and now extremely rare and highly sought after.

Purchased by our vendor in 2008 in need of some TLC, this excellent RS has benefitted from a rolling restoration with particular regard to the use of RS1600i parts as opposed to the easier to source items from the XR3 or RS Turbo. The vendor was very keen that the car presented as it would have done in 1983 retaining the 'twin-coil' ignition system and diligently selecting the correct fabric for the interior.

There is a history file with paperwork going back to 1992 and the car has an MoT until April 2017. 

 A good example of a desirable early eighties 'Fast Ford' that looks 'period-correct' and with a little detailing could be rather special. 

Lot Details

Registration: SEC 800Y RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1983 Engine size: 1.6L
Make: Ford Odometer reading (miles): 125000
Model: Escort RS1600i MOT expiry: 2017-04-08
Warranted: No Chassis number: WF0BXXGCABCG74715

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 87 / 135


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Paint: Chrome:


I bought the car in August 2008. It needed a full restoration which has been done or overseen by myself. The car was off the road (in storage) since 1998 before I collected it. Once it had been fully stripped out I could see the sills inner and outer needed replacing but once the welder got stuck in we decided to replace all 4 floorpans plus the sills, front wings, rear arches, chassis legs, battery box, and the bottom A post on the near side where the door bolts to.


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The car was then under sealed and Waxoyled, a full stainless steel exhaust fitted, engine tuned , the dashboard was badly cracked, as most are, so I sourced one at great expense and replaced it. I had the full upholstery re-covered in the correct material even though it was cheaper to cover in leather (but that's not correct), all glass was removed before an expensive paint job was carried out, then it was rebuilt and back on the road within a year.


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About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
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