MKI Escort RS2000

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aeropilot

18,954 posts

174 months

Saturday 19th October
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nickheer said:
A guy went into a RS dealer, late 73 is, and test drove a Mex, liked it, but after test drive, pointed at a new Purple Velvet 1300E in the showroom and said, can I have looking like that?
Dealer phoned Special Build direct, and they said yes, and AVO built his Mex, with Custom Pack (vinyl roof, RS seats, wood dash & console, etc) but in Purple Velvet, and with 1300E style over-rider bumpers as well IIRC. It looked exactly like a 1300E two-door but with Mexico badges, etc. The car turned up at a AVO National Day back in the mid 80's, guy who owned, I think bought it of the original owner, thus knowing the full story of how it came about. Car was mint. Again, I will photo's of it somewhere in a box laugh
I presume (hope) it's still around, being such a unique car.


i think i have seen this car
I've sat in it biggrin

Hopefully its still around.

Touring442

886 posts

156 months

Monday 21st October
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aeropilot said:
nickheer said:
A guy went into a RS dealer, late 73 is, and test drove a Mex, liked it, but after test drive, pointed at a new Purple Velvet 1300E in the showroom and said, can I have looking like that?
Dealer phoned Special Build direct, and they said yes, and AVO built his Mex, with Custom Pack (vinyl roof, RS seats, wood dash & console, etc) but in Purple Velvet, and with 1300E style over-rider bumpers as well IIRC. It looked exactly like a 1300E two-door but with Mexico badges, etc. The car turned up at a AVO National Day back in the mid 80's, guy who owned, I think bought it of the original owner, thus knowing the full story of how it came about. Car was mint. Again, I will photo's of it somewhere in a box laugh
I presume (hope) it's still around, being such a unique car.


i think i have seen this car
I've sat in it biggrin

Hopefully its still around.
My Old Man had the last Electric/Monza blue Mexico built. The first owner ordered it in August 1973 by which time Ford had gone over to the rather insipid Olympic blue. Again, a special paint request was put in and they painted one more in Monza blue - at a fairly hefty extra cost apparently. We had it at 6 months old, what a hero chariot it was!

Mr Tidy

9,587 posts

74 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Some stunning photos on this thread!

Sadly I bought my RS2000 when I was in my early 20s, so had to have the latest version - which is why it was a MK2 "plastic nose".

You live and (hopefully) learn. laugh

aeropilot

18,954 posts

174 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Touring442 said:
My Old Man had the last Electric/Monza blue Mexico built. The first owner ordered it in August 1973 by which time Ford had gone over to the rather insipid Olympic blue. Again, a special paint request was put in and they painted one more in Monza blue - at a fairly hefty extra cost apparently. We had it at 6 months old, what a hero chariot it was!
Great story.

Electric/Monza Blue is a great colour, one of my favourites of that era.
If one had a tardis to go back in time to order a car to bring back to the future, I'd go back to spring 1973, and walk into a Rallye Sport dealer and order a Special Build RS1600 in Monza Blue biggrin


vpr

2,774 posts

185 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Mr Tidy said:
Some stunning photos on this thread!

Sadly I bought my RS2000 when I was in my early 20s, so had to have the latest version - which is why it was a MK2 "plastic nose".

You live and (hopefully) learn. laugh
I much prefer a mk1 though my first was a mk2 also.
My first car in fact back in 1980 when I was 17.

I still have it but needs restoring

Touring442

886 posts

156 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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aeropilot said:
Great story.

Electric/Monza Blue is a great colour, one of my favourites of that era.
If one had a tardis to go back in time to order a car to bring back to the future, I'd go back to spring 1973, and walk into a Rallye Sport dealer and order a Special Build RS1600 in Monza Blue biggrin
Indeed.

The guy who bought it new intended to built it as a clubman rally and ordered some nice extras - Cibies, Contour front seats, Bilstein dampers, map light and something else that escapes me. He decided this was a bad idea, sold it to Touring Snr and bought a Daytona yellow trimmed shell from AVO, and built all the really good bits in. My folks were never ones for taking photos alas.

All kinds of dubious old crap is labelled classic these days but the AVO Escorts really do warrant that tag. The Mark 2 stuff just wasn't the same although an RS1800 sort of makes it.

aeropilot

18,954 posts

174 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Touring442 said:
The guy who bought it new intended to built it as a clubman rally and ordered some nice extras - Cibies, Contour front seats, Bilstein dampers, map light and something else that escapes me.
Sounds like the Special Build Rally Pack, or the Clubman Pack.

Touring442 said:
The Mark 2 stuff just wasn't the same although an RS1800 sort of makes it.
That's because the 100 or so RS1800's were assembled by the left over staff at the old AVO plant wink

Touring442

886 posts

156 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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aeropilot said:
That's because the 100 or so RS1800's were assembled by the left over staff at the old AVO plant wink
Were the engines built by Brian Hart?

Mark A S

1,160 posts

135 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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aeropilot said:
Great story.

Electric/Monza Blue is a great colour, one of my favourites of that era.
If one had a tardis to go back in time to order a car to bring back to the future, I'd go back to spring 1973, and walk into a Rallye Sport dealer and order a Special Build RS1600 in Monza Blue biggrin
I had a Mk 1 RS1600 in monza blue in 1979/80. I had it re sprayed due to the "normal" rust issues of the day, it looked lovely for while, when the dreaded tin worm returned, I PX'ed it for a series 1 Lotus sunbeam. It was the Best "standard" Escort I have driven and I have driven a few.

PigletGN

15 posts

10 months

Wednesday 30th October
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has anyone got pictures of their car on CN36?

original photos would be epic as well as current ones

Legacywr

7,879 posts

135 months

Wednesday 30th October
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CN36?

aeropilot

18,954 posts

174 months

Wednesday 30th October
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PigletGN said:
has anyone got pictures of their car on CN36?
Do you mean on a Mk2 RS2000?

As CN36 were not a Mk1 tyre option when new.


s m

18,116 posts

150 months

Wednesday 30th October
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aeropilot said:
PigletGN said:
has anyone got pictures of their car on CN36?
Do you mean on a Mk2 RS2000?

As CN36 were not a Mk1 tyre option when new.
Mk1s came on Dunlop SP Sports didn't they?

Touring442

886 posts

156 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Mark A S said:
I had a Mk 1 RS1600 in monza blue in 1979/80. I had it re sprayed due to the "normal" rust issues of the day, it looked lovely for while, when the dreaded tin worm returned, I PX'ed it for a series 1 Lotus sunbeam. It was the Best "standard" Escort I have driven and I have driven a few.
I can remember them being 10 years old and absolutely rotten by 1982/3 and scrapped.