Image credit: © conceptcarz.com (Reproduction Or reuse prohibited).

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Coupe

  • Chassis Number: SFACXXBJ2CGL00084
Ford UK Motorsport director, Stuart Turner, was the brainchild behind the RS 200 (for Rallye Sport - 200 examples were built). Ford's RS 200 was their entry at contesting the Group B rally series. Their prior entry was the rear-wheel driven, front-engined Escort RS 1800. The Fiesta-based RS 1700T was intended to be a replacement, yet it was another rear-wheel drive design. Audi's Quattro had proven the effectiveness of four-wheel drive in rallying, prompting Ford to reconsider its options.

Work on the RS 200 project began in 1983. It was overseen by Ford Motor Sports Chief Engineer, John Wheeler, with production of 200 cars planned in order to comply with Group B requirements. The design, by Tony Southgate, eventually penned by Filippo Sapino as a compact mid-engined coupé with four-wheel drive and powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.8-liter 16-valve 5-cylinder Cosworth BDA engine (the BDT). In road-going guise, the engine offered 250 horsepower while the rally versions produced up to 600 bhp. Carrozzeria Ghia was tasked with the styling and Aston Martin-owned Tickfort built the composite body-shells at Newport Pagnell.

In 1984, the Ford RS 200 was first publicly displayed. It was homologated in February 1986 after the required 200 examples had been built. All but the initial six prototypes were completed at Reliant's factory at Shenstone, Staffordshire.

The inaugural World Championship outing was at that year's Swedish Rally where Kalle Grundel finished 3rd overall. Before the year's end, the RS 200 went on to achieve a total of 19 wins and 32 podium finishes at the international level, securing several national championships along the way.

At the end of the season, FISA ended the Group B supercar racing due to a number of fatal accidents, some involving spectators.

Of the 200 models built by Ford, 24 were converted by the factory into higher-performance Evolution trim. The Evolution RS 200 received a 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at a minimum of 600 horsepower. When larger turbochargers, bigger intercoolers, a variable-boost controller and updated tuning were added, outputs rose up to 900 horsepower. Torque could be split three different ways, including 100-percent rear; 63-percent rear and 37-percent front; and 50:50, depending upon road conditions and driver preference.

This RS 200 is a factory Evolution model. It entered the current ownership's care in 1989 when it was purchased from the founder of the Colorado Grand Rally, the late Mr. Robert 'Bob' Southerland. It has remained in the United States ever since. It was on display for the past decades at the Auto Collections in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This car has the iconic Evolution decals in blue. It has a full array of spot and fog lights mounted up front. The interior features the red bucket seats with 4-point Sabelt harness and matching red steering wheel.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $550,000-USD $650,000 
Sale Price :
USD $615,500

2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $700,000 
Lot was not sold

2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $550,000

1986 Ford RS200 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Ford RS200

(Data based on Model Year 1986 sales)
1986 Ford RS200 Evolution
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00084
Sold for USD$615,500
  2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1986 Ford RS200 image  1986 Ford RS200 image  
1986 Ford RS200 usine
Chassis#: 015
Sold for USD$459,071
  2021 Artcurial : PARISIENNE 2021
 
1986 Ford RS200
Chassis#: SFACXXRJ2
Sold for USD$182,250
  2020 Silverstone - Race Retro Classic & Competition Car Sale
 
1986 Ford RS200
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00079
Sold for USD$185,645
  2018 H & H Auctions - Duxford Motor Car Auction
 
1986 Ford RS 200
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00103
Sold for USD$179,608
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1986 Ford RS 200 Design by Ghia Coachwork by Tickford
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00133
Sold for USD$181,500
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1986 Ford RS200 image  1986 Ford RS200 image  
1986 Ford RS 200 Evolution Design by Ghia
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00084
Sold for USD$550,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1986 Ford RS200 image  1986 Ford RS200 image  
1986 Ford RS200
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00169
Sold for USD$236,500
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1986 Ford RS200 S
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00137
Sold for USD$232,624
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1986 Ford RS200 Evolution
Chassis#: 106
Sold for USD$539,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1986 Ford RS200 image  1986 Ford RS200 image  
C.1986 FORD RS200 S COUPÉ
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL000137
Sold for USD$187,838
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 
1986 Ford RS200 - Extremely Low 1066 Miles
Chassis#: SFACXXBJZCGL00156
Sold for USD$163,674
  2012 Silverstone : NEC Classic Motor Show Sale
 
1986 Ford RS200 Coupé
Chassis#: SFACXXBJZCGL00156
Sold for USD$203,761
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1986 Ford RS200 Evolution
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00087
Sold for USD$159,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1986 Ford RS200 image  1986 Ford RS200 image  
1986 Ford RS200 Coupé
Chassis#: SFACXXBJ2CGL00194
Sold for USD$98,126
  2010 Bonhams - Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, Sussex
 
1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Two-Seat Rally Coupe
Chassis#: 012
Sold for USD$131,719
  2003 Bonhams - Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Ford RS200s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1986 Ford RS200's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1986 Ford RS200 EvolutionSFACXXBJ2CGL000842019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona $500,000$700,000
1986 Ford RS200SFACXXBJ2CGL001332019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona $275,000$325,000
1986 Ford RS200 Group B Rally CoupéSFACXXBJ2CGL000792017 Bonhams : London Olympia $140,000$160,000
1986 Ford RS200 CoupéSFACXXBJ2CGL000642016 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $280,000$340,000
1986 Ford RS200SFACXXBJ2CGL001692015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption $475,000$600,000
1986 Ford RS200SFACXXBJ2CGL001352015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   

Vehicles With Comparable Market Values

Similar sales to the $269,145 range.
2018 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG 'Final Edition'
Chassis#:WDCYC7EF8JX291611
Sold for $269,375
2024 RM Sothebys : Dubai
1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution
Chassis#:WBSAK07010AC79470
Sold for $268,800
2024 RM Sothebys : ModaMiami
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#:194375S118034
Sold for $269,500
2024 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale AZ
2023 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 3LZ
Chassis#:1G1YF2D3XP5602878
Sold for $270,000
2024 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale AZ
1970 Plymouth Superbird
Chassis#:rm23v0a167939
Sold for $269,500
2024 Mecum : Kissimmee
1971 Dodge Hemi Super Bee
Chassis#:wm23r1a139007
Sold for $269,500
2024 Mecum : Kissimmee
2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Chassis#:WDD1993761M000347
Sold for $270,213
2023 RM Sothebys : Munich
2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
Chassis#:ZAR92000000049567
Sold for $270,213
2023 RM Sothebys : Munich
1952 Siata Daina Gran Sport Type B Barchetta Coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina
Chassis#:SL 0245 B
Sold for $267,415
2023 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III
Chassis#:DB4/761/R
Sold for $269,217
2023 RM Sothebys : St. Moritz
1913 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 66-A SEVEN-PASSENGER TOURING
Chassis#:66667
Sold for $268,800
2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1986 Ford RS200 vehicle thumbnail image  1986 Ford RS200 vehicle thumbnail image  
1930 CADILLAC SERIES 452 V-16 CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Sold for $268,800
2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1986 Ford RS200 vehicle thumbnail image  1986 Ford RS200 vehicle thumbnail image  
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1
Chassis#:SCFAE62383K800037
Sold for $268,800
2023 Bonhams : Quail
1986 Ford RS200 vehicle thumbnail image  1986 Ford RS200 vehicle thumbnail image  
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster
Chassis#:WDDRK7JA7DA009852
Sold for $268,800
2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1993 Porsche 928 GTS
Chassis#:WP0AA2924PS815107
Sold for $268,800
2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1986 Ford RS200 vehicle thumbnail image  
1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible
Chassis#:9F03R482847
Sold for $268,800
2023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center
2003 Ferrari 360 Spider
Chassis#:ZFFYT53A730130469
Sold for $268,800
2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster
Chassis#:WP0ZZZ91ZKS152128
Sold for $271,394
2023 RM Sothebys : The Carrera Collection
2003 Prevost Featherlite H-3 VIP Coach
Chassis#:2pcv3349711014331
Sold for $269,500
2023 Mecum : Indy
1992 Porsche 911 Turbo
Chassis#:WP0AA2962NS480221
Sold for $268,800
2023 Broad Arrow Group : Amelia Island

1986 Ford RS200

Additional valuation insight and sales data
History
Specifications
Image gallery
Other Ford RS200 model years

1986 Ford RS200 Vehicle Profiles

Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.