An incredibly rare Ford RS200 has appeared for sale in Australia, currently advertised on MOTOR’s sister publication for classic cars and classifieds Trade Unique Cars.
Listed at a not-insignificant $399,500, the immaculate Group B-era beast boasts a low-kay reading of just over 1700km (or 1058 miles as is actually shown).
One of 200 units, but not one of 24 turned into ‘Evo-spec’ cars, this RS200 is likely one of a very small number in the country.
Its 1.8-litre turbocharged four cylinder Cosworth-built engine is capable of producing approximately 177kW and 280Nm, though the rally-spec cars were far wilder.
At the 1180kg mark, the RS200 was said to be capable of a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) sprint of 5.0 seconds flat.
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The seller, Oldtimer Australia, has documented a detailed history of the car listed, with its origins in the UK being rather short-lived.
“This particular example was sold new by Ford Motorsport in Boreham, Essex in the UK in late 1988 and immediately exported to the USA,” the ad reads.
“There is documentation on file confirming the car arrived by aeroplane into the USA on the 3rd January 1989.
“The first owner lived in Colorado Springs in Colorado. In April 2002 the car was sold by Autosport Designs Inc in New York to its new owner in Tigard, Oregon in the USA. The car then found its way to the owner of a Ford dealership in Pahiatua, New Zealand where it was displayed.
“The current owner acquired the car from Pahiatua in New Zealand and imported it into Brisbane, Australia. There is an import approval on file dated the 9th March 2011.
“This car has remained a static display piece all of its life and most likely never used in anger.”
Maybe it’s time for someone to change that. Let us know if you do.