Lot 25: Ford Escort RS 1600
The late, great Roger Clark's favourite rally Escort was 'LVX 942J', nicknamed 'Esso Blue' after its livery, with which he won the 1972 RAC Rally. This RS1600 is understood to be a faithful recreation, built in the mid '90s for a lucky owner who had once been in possession of the real thing, but carries modern safety gear to enable it to run in current historic rallies. It was last used on the Bulldog and Roger Albert Clark rallies in 2004, and before that finished third overall and won class C4 on the 2000 British Historic Rally Championship. Its specification includes numerous cherry-picked goodies and is built into a works spec, strengthened, seam welded and skidded bodyshell with chassis-mounted Dural sumpgaurd and bolt-in Safety Devices rollcage. The engine is reportedly a John Wilcox-built 1973cc BDA, dry sumped unit, with large oil cooler and remote filter, fed by twin Weber DCOE 48s carburetors from a bag tank. The gearbox is a Brian Wildman five-speed ZF with three-paddle twin-plate clutch in an alloy bellhousing, and the rear axle is a wide Atlas full-floating twin taper unit, with 5.1 final drive and ZF LSD, Dural axle brace, diff guard, located by four short links and a Panhard rod (the mounts can be used for a Watt linkage instead). Up front there are adjustable Bilstein struts with 190lb springs, 260-60 forest inserts and roller-bearing top mounts. Alloy hubs mount disc brakes all round with four-pot calipers at the front and twin calipers at the rear, one pair for the hydraulic handbrake.
H&H Sales Limited, Stoneleigh Park
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Registration number||JGC 34N|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1973|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|