The Ford Escort is a small family car that was manufactured from
1968 to 2004 and was produced in six different model derivatives.
The fourth version of the Ford Escort was launched in March 1986,
with only a small number of changes over its predecessor. Optional
new features included a mechanical anti‐lock braking system
(standard on RS Turbo models), a fuel computer on fuel-injected
models, and a heated windscreen. These changes were welcome at a
time when the Escort was faced with a host of new competitors;
General Motors had brought out a new version of the Vauxhall Astra
18 months earlier, shortly after Volkswagen had introduced the Mk.
II Golf. As well as an all-new interior, a new derivative of the
CVH engine was introduced, as well as numerous suspension tweaks to
address the long-standing criticisms of the Escort's handling and
ride quality. In 1988 Ford developed electronic fuel injection
system replacing the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system in the
Originally registered on 1st August 1988, this Escort
is number two of 25 vehicles. With the 'Rattlesnake' body kit
supplied by Fibretechnics, it was fitted by Dagenham Motors who
were responsible for christening the car, the RS1900. This 28 year
old example has had six keepers in total and the mileage of 35,027
appears to be correct although not warranted. The black coachwork
is in very good order as is the grey velour trim. Sitting proud,
sounding great and looking superb, this Escort XR3i 'Rattlesnake'
is a very rare and highly desirable example. Supplied with a V5C
registration document, a full years MoT test certificate, together
with some invoices, this is an opportunity to purchase one of
Dagenham's' finest limited edition models.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170