Owning an Escort RS Turbo
‘An RS Turbo was my first ‘real’ RS – I bought my first of five back in 1992,’ says Clayton Parmenter, who also restores and rallyprepares cars professionally. ‘I’ve always been a Ford man, and my first car was an RS2000 MKII, but – and I know it’s heresy to say it nowadays – the MKIV was a nicer car, with better heater, central locking, power steering and so on.
‘I bought this one a few years ago from KGF Classics for £10k – the only car in my collection I’ve paid top money for. But it was one owner from new, 80,000 miles and never restored – unusual for me because I usually buy projects. I had to refurbish the wheels, replace a noisy stainless steel exhaust with a new-old-stock item and fix a leaking brake master cylinder, but it’s been reliable otherwise.
‘The market for RS Turbos is a bit strange at the moment. MKIIIS are making mega-money, but MKIVS are slowly catching them up. And they’re better to drive. But you need to find one that’s been garage-stored because they rotted like mad – we were replacing battery trays in them when they were just six years old.’