For the European market, the Ford Escort is one of the most important nameplates on the roads of the continent, but not only. It was introduced as a small car in 1968 and saw more than its share of racing on local tracks.
That means a 1976 escort is wearing the right gear for adventures in the FIA Group 2 class, which is nothing out of the ordinary. What is somewhat unusual is the fact that it is being sold for peanuts, at least for now.
This particular racing driver is for sale in Antwerp, Belgium. In this country and in the neighboring Netherlands, the vehicle made a name for itself after being converted to Group 2 specifications in the 1970s and into modern times.
Like all RS2000s, this is also powered by a 2.0-liter engine from the Pinto family – it works with a four-speed manual transmission.
The changes made to the stock RS2000 are pretty extensive, as should be when someone has to race. It comes with adjustable front coilovers, four-wheel disc brakes, a roll cage and fire fighting system on board, a single Sparco racing seat and the necessary harness.
There is also something called an X-Pack package that makes the car look different than its simpler version. It includes screwed-on fender extensions, front and rear spoilers and 13-inch wheels made of Michelin racing rubber.
As I said, the car is currently for sale in Belgium but it has the potential to go international as it is up for auction on Bring a Trailer. At the time of writing, there are 6 days left and the winning bid is $ 3,100.
The 1976 Ford Escort RS2000 is offered with the glass windows removed, a replacement set of 13-inch wheels with tires, a replacement engine of the same variety and a Dutch title.