1983 Escort RS1600i



A stunning 1983 Ford Escort RS1600i, in unrestored condition, with very low mileage.
Must be one of the best original RS1600i’s available, cars like this do not come along very often at all, a very special car with History to warrant the very low mileage.

* Genuine mileage of only 28,936miles
* Original booklets including service booklet
* Original purchase receipt
* Non restored vehicle
* Un-cracked Dashboard
* Dry stored for 26 years!
* A truly rare find indeed


Purchased new by Mr. M. Plant, from Reginald Tildesley Ltd – Walsall.
Original service booklet confirms these details, and has service stamps as per below.
Original purchase receipt is also with the vehicle, along with booklets and RS brochures from the dealership.

The car went to a RS dealer in 1985, who registered the car to themselves.
The car was bought by Mr. S. J. Cross who only used the car for a very brief period, before putting the car into storage in 1986.

It was not until the unfortunate passing of Mr. S. J. Cross in 2012, that the car was seen again, having been left to a friend in his will. The car was passed straight to Mr A. Habberley.

Since then the car has had the following works carried out:
New fuel tank
New fuel filter
New tyres (originals included – 2x worn)
New front shock absorbers (originals included but need repair)
New Cambelt kit
New water pump
All fluids flushed
New oil & filter
New fuel filter
New exhaust manifold & downpipe gaskets

We are currently sourcing genuine spotlamps and also a replacement exhaust, which will be fitted to the vehicle before sale.

Body & Paintwork

As you would expect, for a car with such low mileage, the car is in remarkable condition for its age.
The paintwork has a very good finish, and looks to be very largely original and is still a nice bright red as you would expect with such little UV exposure.

Sills are completely straight, without a mark on them, the car shows no signs of any corrosion, and does look truly brilliant, a real genuine timewarp car.
The car does have a couple of little touch ups, but that is being very fussy considering this is an original un-restored vehicle. The underside is in very good order, as you would expect

Interior & Trim

The interior of this RS1600i is fantastic.
The dashboard has zero cracks, and is in simply superb order, with no warping.

Carpets are still deep and without damage, all doorcards are superb, again with zero damage.
Headlining is without fault, clock is fully working with no missing pixels.

The seats are in great order, with no wear to the bolsters, they are still completely solid and everything works exactly as it should do, including the original stereo.
The only non-original item inside the vehicle, is the addition of the rear speakers, which were clearly fitted very early in the cars life, and are very period.


The original engine is still fitted of course, and it runs like an absolute dream.
None of the usual cold running issues, no hunting on idle.

The car starts with first turn of the key, and idles perfectly.
No hesitations when being driven, the car pulls as it should do through all of the gears

Also, no smoking from the car at all, a fantastic little car throughout.
With a new cambelt kit, water pump, fluids including oil & oil filter, you can rest assured this car is not in need of any servicing maintenance.

Running Gear

As with the rest of the car, all running gear is in superb order.
All tyres are brand new, premium tyres (Toyo Proxes T1R’s), brakes are strong and have no problem bringing you to a speedy and controlled stop.

The suspension has zero unwanted noises, and gives a great sporty ride, the handling of these cars is still fantastic all these years later. The gearbox is nice to use and selects all gears precisely, both on change up and down.

A true pleasure to drive.