Own­ing an Es­cort RS Turbo

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘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.’

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