This 1974 Ford Escort RS1800 Rally Car is being offered for Auction at the Bonhams Goodwood 73rd Members’ meeting event that is running on March 21, 2015.
From the lot listing for this Ford Escort Rally Car for sale:
Bought new by David Sutton Cars Ltd, the RS1800 offered here was used on the 1976 Lombard-RAC Rally, driven by Pentti Airikkala, and then in 1977 was overall winner of the Mintex Rally driven by Ari Vatanen, who also drove it on that year’s 1977 Scottish Rally with Gandy Brakes sponsorship. In 1977 and 1978 ‘MLD 999P’ was driven by Roger Clark on the Lindisfarne Rally and by Ari Vatanen in the 1978 Lombard-RAC Rally with Marlboro sponsorship. Retained by David Sutton, this Escort was also used as a Rothmans-sponsored car and has also been driven by Stig Blomqvist and Björn Waldegård, by the latter on the 1979 Scottish Rally. Extensively damaged by Waldegård, the car was re-shelled and in 1981 competed in the Ivory Coast Rally in RS2000 specification, driven by Taylor/Spiller.
The Mark II Escort continued its predecessor’s run on the RAC Rally, winning every year from 1975 to 1979 and racing in a variety of other events around the world. In the 1979 season of the World Rally Championship, Björn Waldegård took the drivers’ title, Hannu Mikkola was runner-up and Ari Vatanen finished the year in fifth place, all driving Escort RS1800s.
These drivers’ successes throughout the year gave Ford the manufacturers’ title, the only time the company had achieved this until the 2006 season, when Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen won the title for Ford in Ford Focus RS WRC 06. Vatanen won the drivers’ title in 1981, again at the wheel of an RS1800. This victory came despite the arrival on the WRC scene of the venerable four-wheel drive Audi Quattro. Ford placed in the top three in the manufacturers’ championship for the sixth year in a row.
PRICE: Auction Estimate – £100,000 – 120,000
Check out the auction Lot information at bonhams.com.
We now have a price for the car – The car sold for £85,500 inc. premium