Ford Escort RS1600 (Mk1) FIA Gp2


Genuine Ford Escort RS1600 with period race history! Only 3 owners from new! State-of-the-art bare-chassis race preparation by Rüddel Motorsport!

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This car – VIN Nr 94083 – was bought by German Dieter Giesen in 1971. After having used it as a road car for a few years, Giesen had the car race prepared by his friend Dieter Rüddel and competed – as evidenced by the accompanying ONS Wagenpass – in the 1974 Junioren Trophy in Zandvoort and the International ADAC Rhein Ruhr-Pokal race at Zolder.

Giesen’s attention to racing was then diverted for professional reasons and the car stayed in his garage for many years until it was bought in 2004 by Robert Rüddel, son of Dieter and now head of renowned German Ford preparer Rüddel Motorsport.

In 2010 a complete, bare-chassis restoration of the car to correct group 2 FIA period G1 (1971-1972) specification was started by Rüddel Motorsport in which all the best, homologated lightweight alu & magnesium parts were used.

A certified roll-cage was welded in and all suspension and axle parts are reproductions of 1971 Ford Works Cologne. A state-of-art, Rüddel built 1800cc Ford BDA engine (delivering 245bhp) on dual Weber double carbs, delivering 245bhp, is mated to a 5 speed ZF gearbox with ZF limited diff.

Brakes are AP/Lockhead with KW competition suspension and a 100 liter Continental FIA FT3 fuel cell allows for sprint and long distance races. Total weight of the car is a very respectable 820kg.

When the car was all done, Rüddel sold it to the current owner in 2015 who has since been racing the car very successfully in the German FHR races as well as in Peter Auto’s Heritage Touring Cup, quite often with an overall or class win and with the car still being maintained by Rüddel Motorsport.

The car – on its original chassis – is sold in excellent and race-ready condition with the engine still having 20 race-hours left, with current fuel cell (2023), seat (2024), belts (2022) and valid FIA HTP papers in period G1 (1971-1972). Spares include 3 sets of BBS wheels and 1 set of Minilites.

This state-of-the-art Ford Escort RS1600 FIA Gp2 with period race history and only 3 owners from new is totally ready for the 2021 race season!

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RMD was founded in 2004 by historic racer and collector Marc Devis. RMD has been active in the buying and selling of classic cars for the last 15 years whereby our focus and specialty has evolved towards classic race cars for today’s historic rallying and racing. They have been collecting, racing and rallying ourselves all over the world and they continue to do so with pleasure, professionalism and pride. After all, RMD firmly believes that these wonderful cars need to be driven for full enjoyment!