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1995 Ford Escort Cosworth RS

1995 Ford Escort Cosworth RS


HIGHLIGHTS

  • USA Titled and Registered example

  • Bored out 2.3L high spec engine with many Grp A parts

  • WRC front and rear body work

  • Quaife limited slip differentials, and revised gearbox ratios

SPECIFCATIONS

  • Engine - 2.3L, 4 cylinder, turbo

  • Gearbox - 5 speed manual (with custom ratios)

  • Drivetrain - Front engine, AWD

  • Price - $45,000

OVERVIEW

Ford Escort Cosworth for sale in the USA! The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was Ford of Europe’s answer to creating a competitive Grp A rally contender. Based on a shortened AWD Ford Sierra floorpan, they mated it to the “new” Escort bodyshell. However, no panels are really interchangeable with the standard Escort. Flared fender, large wings, scoops, and vents all designed with the goal of homologation for Grp A helped distinguish the car’s silhouette.

For that homologation to be awarded FIA regulations required 5,000 examples to be built. The Escort Cosworth was a successful road car, and Ford ended up producing over 7,000 before the end of production in 1996. Of note, all the cars were assembled by Karmann in Germany when Ford did not have the requisite facilities ready for specialy production like this.

This specific car was originally built in Germany as a joint project between Richter Motorsport and Autohaus Wagner (a main Ford dealer in the region) to showcase what could be done with this potent platform. Richter used it as a marketing piece for their business, and as such, they went all out on the build. The car was built in the late 1990s, and then later imported into the US (through Sun International), and has been with the same owner since.

Engine/Transmission/Differentials - Stock block increased from 2.0L to 2.3L with Grp A internals, Garrett turbo, RS500 intercooler, remapped ECU, oil cooler, Mountune cams, Grp A wastegate, 3” Mongoose exhaust, carbon fiber valve cover, revised gearbox ratios, short shift kit, Quaife differentials.

Suspension/Brakes/Wheels/Tires - H&R coilover suspension, poly bushings, OMP front strut brace, Tarox 6 piston front brakes, Compomotive MO wheels (18x8), 235/40-18 tires.

Exterior - WRC rear spoiler (carbon), WRC front bumper/spoiler (carbon), Morette twin headlight conversion, custom gold paint color change (full – engine bay, door jambs, even under the carpet – sprayed as a shell).

Interior - Largely original factory interior - carpets, dash, gauges, rear seats, headliner, with upgraded Konig front seats, RS style steering wheel, and solid aluminum shift knob.

Media - This car was featured in Performance Ford Magazine in March 2000, as well as various H&R Special Springs North America advertising .  Scans of some of those items are in the pictures below.

The opportunity to own a Ford Escort Cosworth RS is already rare, with ~7000 in total worldwide production. Even rarer is to own one in the USA, with less than 25 known to be stateside. Rarer still is to own one that is legally imported and titled. Add that to the heavy level of modification, and you have a weapons grade weekend toy that will ensure you are the only one at the local club meet with such a machine. Car is sold on clear and clean WA state title.

Please contact Jason at 206-355-7727 for more information on this vehicle for sale.


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Man, that car is badass.
— Sean M.
I would flog that car all day long on the track. Or some back road. Or just to the damn grocery store.
— Overheard at our open house