Ford Escort Mk II Rally Car (1978)

This Ford Escort tarmac rally car with Group 4 shell comes from Northern Ireland. The car has been with its last owner for ten years and comes with an official MSA Competition log book. It has taken part in many Enniskillen Motor Club tarmac sprints and is ready for service and use.

The rally car comes with an impressive specification and thousands of pounds worth of valuable parts. The car has been set up for tarmac events and much thought has gone into keeping weight down whilst enhancing performance and grip.

The body has been stripped down, sand blasted and rebuilt by the famous HASS Motorsport with roll cage, then re-painted and built up. The bodyshell is in excellent condition with all correct modifications including the integral roll cage which picks up on the suspension points. It has been correctly plated and reinforced. The car has plastic windows, a fibreglass bonnet and other modifications aimed at making it light. Originally green, the car is now in eye-catching scarlet.

The engine is an eight valve Pinto engine with Big Valve head, steel rods and dry sump and running on 4 Webers and we are told cost over £5500 alone. It is reputed to produce around 210 BHP and was built by respected rally engine builder Reggie Britton. The Escort also boasts an Omex management system, 5 speed Quaife dog box, semi floating back axle with limited slip differential, Facett twin fuel pumps, Bias pedal box, 4 pot calipers, XR3 rear brakes. The suspension has been properly developed including Watts linkage, coil over springs and panhard rod on an atlas axle.

The car benefits from electric power steering.

The Escort is quite simply outstanding to drive with the engine holding good oil pressure and the gearbox changing quickly. For a time it was with Classic and Sports Car Ltd in Yorkshire. One of their Malton Coachworks technicians is involved in the local rally scene and has test driven and checked it over and found it to be a superb machine that would cost a fortune to build. The car could successfully be used as it is while further improvements could take it to another level. Until 2015 the car was still suitable for road use and it remains on the DVLA register, allowing for other options in its use.

The car was taken in part exchange and we are offering it at a bargain rate being beyond our normal more sedate vehicles.


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