Arizona | Lot 272
1986 Ford RS200
$275,000 - $325,000 USD
| Phoenix, Arizona
18 January 2019
- Highly original; just 8,400 miles
- One of 200 homologation examples
- Long-term ownership from 1989–2017
State-of-the-art automotive technology in its day and with Ford’s finest achievement since the GT40, the RS200 is the ultimate acquisition for the serious Ford collector. Extremely far ahead of its time, the RS200’s advanced motorsport engineering paved the way to the performance of many modern supercars of today.
Overseen by Ford Motor Sports Chief Engineer John Wheeler, the RS200 project commenced in 1983 with the production of approximately 200 cars planned in order to meet Group B requirements. The design, by Tony Southgate, eventually penned by Filippo Sapino as a compact mid-engined coupe powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.8-liter 16-valve four-cylinder Cosworth BDA engine (the BDT) and equipped with four-wheel drive. This engine produced 250 bhp in road-going trim and well over 600 bhp in rally tune.
The RS200’s first test was the 1986 Swedish Rally where the car, driven by Kalle Grundel, finished 3rd overall, a most promising debut. It went on to achieve a total of 19 wins and 32 podium finishes at the international level before year’s end, securing several national championships along the way. Sadly, that would be the limit of its rallying achievements, as the FIA pulled the plug on the Group B supercars shortly thereafter.
Originally delivered to the U.S. in the late 1980s, previous sale records state that a previous owner purchased this RS200 from a Colorado dealership in 1989. From then, the RS200 was stored in a controlled environment, with the aim of keeping its originality intact. Sold to the current owner in 2017, the Ford has been virtually untouched in its 30 years.
Trimmed by Tickford with standard grey carpeting, red racing bucket seats, and red leather steering wheel, the RS200 also features a tool kit, roll-up windows, standard one-piece magnesium wheels, and full-time four-wheel drive. The Cosworth-designed engine now shows less than 8,400 miles. A recent recommissioning – including new tires, and rebuilding and servicing the fuel, clutch, and braking systems – ensures that this RS200 is ready to hit the streets.
Sold with service receipts for recent work, along with a factory spare tire, tool kit, and jack, this is the perfect ride for any Group B enthusiast.