RS2000 for VHI?

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I have owned my Mk1 for a cou­ple of years and have used it for the odd sprint and hill­climb. It is an RS2000 with­out any mod­i­fi­ca­tions, so it tends to be slower than other com­peti­tors.

My thoughts are to change the en­gine for Zetec, gear­box for a Mazda unit, al­ter the front sus­pen­sion and fit an At­las rear axle with all the rec­om­mended mods. Nat­u­rally, I would re­move the 1970s in­te­rior and fit more mod­ern seats.

How many mods can I do be­fore the car loses its iden­tity as a Ve­hi­cle of His­toric In­ter­est (VHI) and I have to sub­mit it for an MoT?

Keith Email

VHI is­sues aside, if your Mk1 is a gen­uine RS2000 then we would not rec­om­mend re­mov­ing the orig­i­nal run­ning gear for more mod­ern com­po­nents, in­stead we would sug­gest find­ing an­other shop­per­spec Mk1 and build­ing that up into a be­spoke hill­climb and sprint car.

If it’s not an orig­i­nal RS2000 then you would lose the VHI iden­tity if the car was in­spected with a Zetec, dif­fer­ent gear­box and At­las axle in­stalled as th­ese are all what the DVLA would con­sider a ‘sub­stan­tial change’. The cri­te­ria for VHI is still evolv­ing, but pe­riod mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the ex­ist­ing en­gine (such as twin sid­e­draught carbs and an up­rated camshaft) do seem to be tol­er­ated. You can down­load the DVLA’s guide­lines for VHI from our web­site at www.clas­sic­ford­mag.co.uk.

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