Own­ing an Es­cort RS1600I

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

Twin Cam owner Gary Ball also brought along this RS1600I. ‘I’ve got a whole col­lec­tion of ev­ery type of RS Es­cort, each one the best ex­am­ple I could find, and the RS1600I had been a gap in the col­lec­tion for a long time,’ he ex­plains. ‘I also wanted a white one – Ford Mo­tor­sport used to re­lease all its rac­ing mod­els in white so all the cars in the col­lec­tion are fin­ished like that.

‘Be­cause they were unloved for so long and ig­nored in favour of Tur­bos and Xr3is, mint low-mileage Rs1600is don’t seem to ex­ist. This one was bought as a rusty orig­i­nal project with 60,000 miles on the clock, and was re­stored via staged pay­ments by for­mer Ford spe­cial­ist RS Clas­sics.

‘It’s mint and has been de­tailed un­der­neath, but I’ve had a few is­sues – it had a mis­fire, and a fuel leak fix re­quired new-old-stock pipes at £250. They were £80 orig­i­nally – the 3D print­ing rev­o­lu­tion hasn't reached the MKIII yet!’

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