CHAS­ING NUM­BERS

MK1 RS2000 PRO­DUC­TION

Classic Ford - - HERITAGE -

In true Ford chaotic his­toric record-keep­ing form, the num­ber of RS2000s built be­tween its launch in June (or per­haps July 1973) is up for de­bate.Although the RS project was more a mar­ket­ing plan than a se­ri­ous rally ven­ture, it’s usu­ally thought that only about just over the 5000 needed for ho­molo­ga­tion were built at the AVO fac­tory at Ave­ley be­fore it closed in De­cem­ber 1974. Oth­ers claim the fig­ure was as low as 3500 units (well short of ho­molo­ga­tion rules) and an­other ru­mour is that 1000 or so cars were ac­tu­ally put to­gether in Saar­louis, Ger­many. What­ever the truth, one other fact that seems un­be­liev­able look­ing back from the heady prices that all Mk1 Es­corts fetch to­day… a Mk1 RS2000 cost just £200 more than a Mex­ico at the RS’s launch… but an­other £200 on top of that would get you an RS1600… Isn’t hind­sight a won­der­ful thing?

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