1985 Ford RS200 Evolution Coupe / SFACXXBJ2CGL00070 Chassis Information

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

1985 Ford RS200 Evolution photograph

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Coupe
Chassis #: SFACXXBJ2CGL00070
Sold for $522,500 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
During the 1970s, the Ford European racing concern in Boreham, England, had dominated WRC competition with various versions of competition-prepared Escorts, even winning the Manufacturers' Championship in 1979. They withdrew in 1980.

With the introduction of the Group B category, Ford began work on a rear-wheel drive, turbocharged version of their MKIII Escort, dubbed the Escort RS 1700T. The project was later abandoned due to development problems. Instead, they used the lessons they had learned to help built an all-new, purpose-built four-wheel drive rally car.

The Ford RS200 was unveiled to the public in 1984 and built in limited numbers. These purpose-built cars were conceived by Ford Motorsport and were an engineering tour de force. They had an advanced four-wheel drive system, a turbocharged Cosworth engine, and a sophisticated suspension system designed to cope with the rigors of rally racing. The RS200 was given a composite/fiberglass body styled by Flippo Saprino at the Ghia Design Studio. Formula One designer Tony Southgate designed the chassis along with former F1 engineer John Wheeler.

The Ford RS200 was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's fastest accelerating production automobile, achieving a zero-to-sixty mph time of less than 3.2 seconds and a 0-100-0 time in a mere 12.6 seconds.

Road-going examples were powered by a mid-mounted 1.8-liter engine while the more-power Evolution examples were given a 2.1-liter unit. The transmission was mounted up front, helping it achieve the most balanced platform of its contemporary competitors.

FIA homologation rules stated that at least 200 examples were required to be built for the road. The road going examples had an interior trimmed by Tickford with grey carpeting, door inserts, red Sparco seats, and a matching red leather XR3i steering wheel.

The Ford RS200 Evo competition variant was intended to conquer FIA's popular Group B formula. However, the series was canceled before Ford had a chance to fully develop the RS200's potential. The cars would go on to achieve great success in ice racing, hill climbs, rallycross, and many other forms of motorsport competition. Just 144 RS200s were produced, including the 24 Evolution variants.

Of the 200 slated for production, 20 were initially set aside to be converted into the 'Evolution' models (four more were built later). The RS200 Evolution were given an uprated suspension and brakes along with a larger 2.1 liter version of the Cosworth engine. With the upgrades, the engine produced upwards of 600 horsepower and could race from zero-to-sixty in just over three seconds.

This particular example is an RS200 2.1 Evolution model. It was originally sold to Dennis O'Conner of Victoria, Texas. He had agreed to purchase three other RS200s from Ford in order to acquire this car! After several years, the car was finally imported into the United States around 1990. O'Conner passed away in 1997, and the car would remain with his estate until 2010, when it was acquired by Steve Rimmer of Seattle, Washington, the following year. The car remained in his collection until 2014, when it was sold to an induvial from the UK.

Currently, the car has just 430 original kilometers. It has never been run in competition.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016

2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$475,000-$675,000 
Sale Price :
$522,500

2016 1
2015 1
2013 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$522,500$522,5001
2015$91,751$91,7511
2013$170,491$170,4911

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1985 sales)
1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00070
Sold for $522,500
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1985 Ford RS200 Evolution image  1985 Ford RS200 Evolution image  
1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series I
Chassis#: WFOBXXGCABFJ30754
Sold for $91,751
  2015 Silverstone Auction - NEC Classic Motor Show Sale
 
1985 Ford RS200
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00114
Sold for $170,491
  2013 Silverstone : NEC Classic Motor Show Sale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Ford RS2001986 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: SFACXXBJ2CGL00133


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