FordEscort 1600 RS BDA Works Rallye Car
- Ex Roger Clark, Makinen, Mikkola, Cowan, Glemser
- 1 von 3 Werkswagen für die RAC Rally 1971
- Dokumentierte Geschichte
- RAC Rallye, Monte Carlo, East African Safari, etc.
- Getriebeart Lenkung
- Weiss rot
- € 198.500,00
- MwSt nicht ausweisbar
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1971 Ford Escort 1600 RS BDA Works Rallye Car
PVX400K is the last of 21 RS 1600 works cars registerd during 1971 and one of only eight that are believed to still exist. It is one of three built for the 1971 RAC Rallye and was driven by Roger Clark. The other two cars, registered PVX398K and PVX399K, were driven by Timo Makinen and Hannu Mikkola, respectively. The team was sponsored by Wills Tobacco and carried the livery of the Embassy cigarette brand. In the event, Clark and his co-driver Jim Porter could manage only 11th place, handicapped by a faulty gearbox and a defective fuel gauge that caused them to run out of fuel, but nevertheless had demonstrated its true potential by setting the fastest time on two of the stages.
At Boreham over the succeeding winter, PVX400K was upgraded with a ZF five-speed gearbox with a modified body-shell, and assigned to Timo Makinen as a "reece car" ahead of the forthcoming Monte Carlo Rallye. PVX400K was back in competive action in June for the Scottish Rallye driven by Andrew Cowan and Johnstone Syer as part of three-car team. Repainted in the blue/white livery of the Scotsman newspaper, the RS 1600 finished in creditable 6th place overall. The Escort did not fare so well on its next outing at the Olympia Rallye driven by Diter Glesmer and Klaus Kaiser.
On the 1972 RAC Rallye, the car was crewed by Timo Makinen and Henry Liddon, and for this event was fitted with a Brian Hart 2.0- litre alloy-block engine rather than its customary 1,800cc Cosworth BDA unit.
Back in Embassy livery, the Escort fared no better than on its first RAC outing, retiring with wheel stud failure. PVX400K made its next and last works outing in 1973 as Hannu Mikkola´s "reece car" on that year´s East African Safari Rallye.
Back in The UK the car was sold into private ownership, changing hands a few times before undergoing a sympathetic restoration in the mid-1990s.
During the current ownership PVX400K has been to David Sutton (ca. 2010) having a new roll cage fitted; the glass replaced by modern triplex and various other works. More recently, the vendor´s personal mechanic has given the engine a top-end rebuild, which included the fitting of a new cam belt, since when only trackdays and the above demonstration have been undertaken.
This Escort RS 1600 is an authentic entry ticket for top-class events like Tour Auto and others. It can be easily upgraded for circuit racing.
A wonderful opportunity to acquire a genuine works Ford Escort with in-period competition history, driven by some of the greatest rallye drivers of its era.