Ford Escort van with RS2000 specification up for auction

A Ford Escort van that has been upgraded to RS2000 specification is to be sold at auction in December.

It was originally a 1979 Ford Escort Mk II van, but was purchased in 2007 by someone that wanted to give it rally pedigree, and it was decided that it would be based on an Escort Mk II RS2000 rally-bred saloon from the '70s.

Ford Escort van with RS2000 specification up for auction
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Ford Escort van with RS2000 specification up for auction

The build took more than three years to complete, and the van had to be completely stripped and rebuilt. An RS2000 donor car was used to give the van its rally specification.

As well as the installation of a 2.1-litre Pinto engine with a short-shift gearbox, it also has motorbike carburettors for maximum performance. The interior is the same as that from the RS2000. On the exterior, it is fitted with iconic Minilite alloy wheels and painted in Ford Modena Green.

The cost of the build is invoiced to over £40,000, yet it is being offered at an auction in December with an estimate of just £12,000 - £15,000.

It is said to be in very good condition and has covered just 79,000 miles.

The van is being sold by Classic Car Auctions at its December sale that's held on December 2 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

Simon Langsdale, classic car specialist at Classic Car Auctions, said: "Escort derivatives have a huge following and this is no exception.

"All parts are original standard parts from a donor RS2000, from the engine to the seats, meaning this van has all the power and thrills of the car, just inside a van's body. Why not?"

Other star lots at the sale include a 1969 Porsche 911 T and a fully-restored 1965 Mini Cooper S.

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