The legendary RS badge has been gracing the Ford range for over 45 years now, with many stunning examples over 20 years old promoting the classic fast Ford legacy. Heritage insurance takes a look at these historic sporting saloons and hatchbacks that are living icons on the road today.
The fast Ford car brigade started way back in the early sixties with its Lotus collaboration creating a saloon car legend, the Ford Lotus Cortina. The rest they say is history with Ford continuing the theme launching the Cortina Lotus in mark 2 form. Just two years later with the appearance of the new Ford Escort came a twin cam version using the very same engine from the Cortina producing excellent results in a much lighter car.
In 1970 as a direct result of the twin cam homologation Ford introduced the first ever RS model in its armoury. The Ford Escort RS1600 is for many the ultimate classic fast Ford with its all new Cosworth BDA twin cam unit developing 120 bhp. This made the ‘blimey’ car, as it came to be known, the most potent mark I created.
With huge rallying success on the world stage Ford’s Escort combined with the RS name proved irresistible. With the mark II version offering its tribute car, the RS Mexico and with its famous ‘droop snoot’ the ever popular RS2000, Ford continued to use the RS Escort partnership in the eighties offering the mark III evolution in RS1600i and RS Turbo form, two outstanding classic fast Ford creations in their own right.
The eighties continued to see an explosion of high powered hatch backs from all main stream manufacturers. However Ford lead the way with the ultimate RS of its time the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, very much the apple of every young man’s eye. The Sierra Cosworth screamed hooligan from its whale tail spoiler to its aggressive vented bonnet and with its turbo charged 2.0 litre engine producing in excess of 200 bhp, fast Ford rivals had better beware. Once more into the breach and thanks to motor sport homologation the ultimate Sierra Cosworth was created. The RS500 was the next evolution of performance Sierra, engineered with the help of Tickford Mechanical Modifications increasing power to 224 bhp. As the name suggests with only 500 made these road legal race cars are now the holy grail of the classic fast Ford scene, as such values are high and continuing to rise.
With the theft rate of the Sierra Cosworth astronomical and insurance prices through the roof Ford turned its eye back to its precious Escort. Now in its fifth evolution they launched the Ford Escort RS Cosworth and once again the longstanding Escort was back on top. The all new RS was even more powerful than its predecessor’s and combined with its all wheel drive system, handled sublimely. Despite being plagued with crippling insurance much like the Sierra, 7,000 were sold. Today the Escort RS Cosworth is without doubt a firm favourite amongst classic fast Ford enthusiasts as the last of the great Escorts to wear the RS badge with pride.
Welcome the new breed. Six long years had past with every fast Ford to don an RS badge maintaining a true following of enthusiasts and collectors alike. It was time indeed to unveil the next generation of fast Ford. Enter the Ford Focus RS, launched in 2002 with just a limited production run until 2003. The all new RS which is now considered by many to be a classic fast Ford, had the look of the successful Word Rally car driven by legends such as the late great Colin Mcrae and Carlos Sainz, giving the Focus huge credibility. Available in Imperial blue only with an aggressive body kit and 18” OZ alloys to complete the look this 2.0 litre 212 bhp road race car was a true RS inside and out. Today the success story that is Ford RS continues with further development of the Focus inevitably continuing to produce iconic machines for both the road and track use.
Insurance Quote for your classic fast Ford.
In years gone by, mention RS when it came to insurance and your quotation would not have been a pleasant experience. Happily times have changed with many classic fast Ford models now being bona-fide classic cars. Here are some examples of how competitive your insurance could be.
- Ford Escort Mk I RS1600 – This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45. The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily.
Annual premium – £87.42 with a £175 accidental damage excess.
- Ford Sierra RS Cosworth – This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45. The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily.
Annual premium – £138.31 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
- Ford Escort RS Cosworth- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45. The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily.
Annual premium – £221.69 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £15,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria.
Why not call Heritage classic car insurance on 0121 248 9229 for a quotation on your fast Ford. With 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and *club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. What’s more our professional customer service will ensure you’re appointed with your very own Personal Client Manager who will take care of all your insurance requirements.
* All Ford club members will receive a premium discount up to 15%. Take a look at these helpful links below