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1983 A FORD ESCORT RS1600i,THIS CAR IS A POTENTIAL SHOW EXAMPLE,MOUNTAINS OF HISTORY,STUNNING. (1983)
The striped bonnet graphic, deep front spoiler, seven-spoke alloys and biplane rear wing all mark this car out as very special.
Glance at this stunning Black Escort, and you could easily mistake it for a humble XR3i. But this is no ordinary version of the blue oval’s family favourite. The striped bonnet graphic, deep front spoiler, seven spoke stamped RS alloys and biplane rear wing all mark it out as the very special RS1600i.
Designed to go racing, the Ford Escort RS1600i was built purely to meet Group A homologation regulations, it features bespoke suspension and a heavily modified engine that can be tuned to give 160bhp.
The RS1600i was based on the XR3, but featured fuel injection several months before that car, and more body addenda to differentiate itself from the series production car it was based upon.
It also gets a close ratio five speed gearbox, an XR3 driver of the time had to make do with only four cogs. And with just 8,659 examples of this RS having rolled off the production line, its rarity is assured. Apart from the Recaro Schteel seats, the interior is standard Escort MkIII. However, the tuned 1.6 litre fuel injected engine is pure race car as it coughs and splutters into life.
When it was launched, the RS1600i was the first geniune challenger to the Golf GTI, offering more power, and significantly developed suspension, so it could outgrip the Wolfsburg icon. But due to limited numbers and high price, as well as being sold through Rallye Sport dealers only, it was not as practical a proposition as the XR3. When that car received fuel injection and a power hike the following year, the gap was closed ever further.
Our beautifully presented example has less than 92k from new,Interior wise is a nice place to be with some minor cosmetic issues for the enthusiast to complete to their own standards.
Mechanically excellent,even has the original twin coils.
The RS1600i is an iconic car and did surprisingly well in its touring car outings, and with numbers on the decline this is a great opportunity to afire a show ready car at a realistic price in todays rapidly rising RS market, with the RS1600i one of the jewels in the crown.
This one still retains its original wings etc as the Mounted aerial shows.
CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS WELCOME,DELIVERY AND BANK TRANSFER ARE OF COURSE ACCEPTED.
3 MONTH/3000 MILE WARRANTY INC BUT CAN EXTEND TO 1 YEAR.