The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was a version of the European Ford Escort built and sold for rally homologation purposes. 7145 examples were produced from 1992 to 1996. The modifications were extensive, with a longitudinal Cosworth YBT 2 liter DOHC 4-cylinder used along with the entire all-wheel drivetrain from the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth.
The example we have here was – at this writing – under sale for $54,990 by the EnthusiastAutoGroup of Cincinnati, Ohio. It caught our eye immediately, not only because of its rarity, but because several years ago we almost bought one exactly like it. The price then was $50,000. Several were imported and legalized in the United States, so they are available. If you are considering one, you do have to like and love and care because compared to the more recent Evo and STI, since this car dates back to 1995 and is technically dated. Ford’s upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS will absolutely and easily out-perform it as well. However, there is a magic here with the longitudinally placed 225HP Cosworth YBT. The YBT engine is highly tunable, with 500 HP safely attainable. This would be a collectible car, but also one that invites driving.
And while we didn’t buy the car, we did obtain some factory brochures and enthusiast books. And our own fascination with European Fords continues… more recently we’ve looked over several European Capris. The 25-year milestone for importation has opened up an entire range of great cars to consider, but we still have a soft sport for the Capri. The Escort RS Cosworth will be past the 25 year limit in a couple more years and prices could drop them – although the supply is also dropping as more of these age and go off the road permanently.
Meanwhile, keep an eye on the EnthusiastAutoGroup – this looks like a good company and would be one of the ones you would want to talk to if and when you are looking for a European collectible. Buying a car such as this takes a considerable amount of search, and you wil need a list of such companies when you are ready to start your search.
Here’s the ad placed for the car. Note the extras that come with the car – an upgrade path is already clear!
“*Sale Pending* Ford Escort Cosworth RS, Imperial Blue on Raven Black Leather, Super Rare Car + US Street Legal!
Very Low-Mileage, Pristine Example! Vehicle Specs: 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4-Cylinder Engine, 5 Speed Manual Transmission, All-Wheel Drive with 34% Front + 66% Rear Split, Front Strut Tower Brace, Luxury Package with Leather Interior and Power Windows, Locks + Mirrors, Recaro Sport Seats, Split-Folding Rear Seats, In-Dash Cassette Player with CD Changer, Air Conditioning, Front Spoiler with Splitter, Rear ‘Whale Tail’ Spoiler and Hood Vents.
Installed Desirable Upgrades Include: 18” Rondell 6-Spoke Wheels, AP Racing 4-Piston Front Brake Kit, 3” Turbo-back Exhaust with Catalytic Converter + Performance Muffler, Upgraded 305BHP ECU Flash and Short Shift Kit.
Uninstalled Performance Parts Include: 17” Compomotive 5-Spoke Wheels, Silicone Hoses Kit, Upgraded Aluminum Radiator + Expansion Tanks, Sparco Rear Shock Tower Brace and Stainless Braided Fuel Lines.
This Cossie has been well maintained and properly cared-for since new! The condition of this iconic rally car is excellent!
The exterior paint is very clean with no significant flaws or imperfections.
The interior is also extremely nice with supple leather, spotless carpets + fully functioning electronics.
The undercarriage is free of any rust or corrosion; stunning undercarriage photos available! This vehicle was designed to qualify as a Group A car for the World Rally Championship.
This rare car is 1 of only 7,145 vehicles produced worldwide from 1992-1996 and this particular example conforms to all US EPA and California Regulations applicable to 1995 model year passenger cars.
Lots of supporting service and history documentation on file, Including PASSED California SMOG Certificate!
Clean Vehicle History Report with No Issues + No Stories.
Responsible Adult Owner, Non-Smoker.
Serious Inquiries from US Residents Only – Exportation of EAG cars breaks our strict buy-back policy.
Please Call or email for more information; 513.554.1BMW (1269)”
More images: over 900 Pins on our DrivingEnthusiast ST/RS/Cosworth Pinterest Board!
In keeping with the mission of DrivingEnthusiast.net, we’ve preserved the images of this Cossie Escort for posterity in our gallery. Enjoy!