For Sale: 1972 Ford Escort RS1800 tested by Colin McRae

Brett Davis

A very special and rare rally classic will go up for auction in the UK in February. It’s a 1972 Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 Group 4 car that was raced by Jimmy McRae – Colin McRae’s father – in the 2006 Roger Albert Clark Rally.

1972 Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 rally car-McRae

The car was also tested by Colin himself before he was tragically killed in a helicopter accident. It’s built by Prepfab Motorsport Engineering and it is regarded as one of the most competitive historical rally cars around.

In 2008, the car was driven by Alister McRae – Colin’s brother – at the Colin McRae Memorial Rally. It won the event. It also won its category in the 2007 British Historic Championship, and competed in the 2010 and 2011 Rally Clasico Isla Mallorca.

The awesome racer underwent a major rebuild in 2009 and comes with a MSA stage rally logbook and a Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Form, and MoT and tax (registration) until May 2014. Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, recently said,

“We’re incredibly proud to offer a competition car with such provenance. Given the high octane surroundings of Race Retro the car is a perfect fit and is sure to prove popular with historic motorsport fans.”

1972 Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 rally car-McRae-rear

Power comes from a twin-cam 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Sherwood four-cylinder breathing through 48 DCOSP Weber carburettors and a Tony Law exhaust system. It produces around 194kW.

Matched up to the screaming engine is a ZF five-speed manual with a fully floating Atlas rear axle with a 5.1:1 limited-slip differential.

Other highlights include Bilstein adjustable suspension, AP Monte Carlo four-piston brakes, Recaro Profit SPG bucket seats, a full roll cage and fire extinguisher, and a hydraulic handbrake.

It will go under the hammer on February 22 at the Silverstone Race Retro & Classic Car auction. Head over to the Silverstone Auctions website for more info.

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