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1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

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  • Mileage~113,465
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.0L
  • LocationLlanbrynmair


1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

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Glyn Parry
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Offering eye-watering A-to-B performance with a strong identity thanks to its bold and striking oversized whale-tail and rally stance.

The Escort RS Cosworth was first developed at Ford's SVO department in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Loosely based on the fifth-gen Escort, it was substantially modified to incorporate the 4-wheel-drive Cosworth-powered drivetrain from the Sapphire 4x4. By fitting this equipment into a smaller, stiffer Escort hatchback, Ford believed it would have the best chance of winning against Lancia and Toyota in the Group A premier rally category. Now three decades old, the Escort RS Cosworth has aged gracefully. It's a nostalgic machine with avid followers from the golden age of rallying, "Fast Ford" fans, and car enthusiasts alike.

This particular car is coming to the market after ~9 years ownership, primarily enjoyed on weekends as a Sunday driver. The car boasts an impressive list of Cosworth specifications and work carried out over the years, with sensible and subtle modifications designed to catch the eye of "Fast Ford" fans. It is well-known in the RS Cosworth club, and presents well, particularly the underside where significant work has been actioned in the last few years to the tune of ~£11,500.

This listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting David the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I've always been a Fast Ford fan, owning multiple over my life - I've been able to put all my previous experience into this car and enjoy it too.

David has thoroughly enjoyed his ownership of this Escort RS Cosworth for the past ~9 years. The car has been stored in his dry garage, reserved for weekends, and has received significant attention and care. He gave it a full respray in gloss black, along with restoration work in the engine bay and underbody in his ownership.

He had originally intended to keep this car and enjoy it for many more years. However, due to infrequent use and the need to allocate funds for renovating a new house, he has decided to sell it. David will be available to answer any questions about the car in the comments below.

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With its oversized iconic whale tail and wide-body stance, the Escort RS Cosworth was an instant hit.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with 18" Engels Rondells wheels, they appear to be well cared for, showing no signs of major damage or kerb rash during our observation of the car - you can verify this for yourself in the videos and photographs.

The wheels are equipped with Continental Premium SportContact 6 tyres, which also seem to be in excellent condition. They are dated 2022, with a significant amount of tread remaining, and no visible cracking or signs of aging on the outer sidewalls.


The bodywork of this Escort RS Cossie appears to be in great condition, with all the panel gaps around the car aligning very well. During our visit, we didn't spot any noticeable dings along the car's flanks. Everything looks crisp and sharp, and the car stands very straight and true. There were no obvious signs of corrosion either. David reports that he has had the sills, rear arches, and underside as mentioned, repaired over time professionally.

We've provided detailed observations through our high-resolution images and videos. Please take the time to review all the media files for a comprehensive view of what's on offer and to assess the car's condition for yourselves.


Finished in the highly attractive gloss black, David has had the car resprayed. The paint exhibits a good standard with even coverage and consistent colour across every panel.

Once more, we have provided high-resolution images and videos for your personal assessment of the bodywork's condition.

Glass and Trim

The glass on this RS appears to be in great condition, which is consistent with the mileage and ownership history. During our visit, we didn't observe any chips, cracks, or discoloration. The window seals also seem to be in good condition, matching the overall state of the car.

Be sure to check the exterior photos to see the car fitted with Morette headlights, smoked rear lenses, RS 500 grilles, and a carbon front splitter. David is also including the original headlights, sidelights, fog lights, and rear lights with the sale of the car.


With Recaro seats finished in cloth and a very 90s pattern, the lightweight rally nature of the car follows through to the cabin.

Seats and Carpets

The "Hexagon" Recaro cloth seats have retained their shape very well over the years, as you would expect from cherished and carefully maintained ownership. However, there are signs of aging on the front driver's seat in the form of a small tear.

A similar story is reflected in the condition of the door cards and carpets. Please review the extensive media for a detailed view of the cabin.


The dashboard features a black finish and is equipped with seven white gauges in front of the driver.

The dashboard in this Escort RS Cosworth shows no major damage or scuffs. During our visit, no warning lights were displayed, and the odometer showed a reading of 13,465 miles, ~113,465 as a total figure with the car having gone "around the clock" over time.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The original steering wheel is in great condition, appearing to be in line with the mileage of this car. The black gloss gearstick also looks well-maintained.

Please take a look at the image gallery to see the details.


Always delivering exciting power, this example features a rebuilt turbocharged 2.0L Cosworth engine that produces ~240BHP.

Engine and Gearbox

David reports that this example features a rebuilt turbocharged 2.0L Cosworth engine with sensible modifications, enabling it to deliver 240BHP to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. It retains its standard T34 turbocharger but benefits from an upgraded stainless steel exhaust system, oil breather, and header tanks.

On the day of our visit, we started the car from cold with no issues, and it performed admirably on the road. The engine pulled smoothly, idled without any issues, and ran flawlessly. Please view the mechanical video for a demonstration of the car starting from cold, driving, and for a closer look underneath the Escort RS, as well as the neatly arranged engine bay.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension appears to be in good condition and provided a smooth journey on the roads. You can see the care and work that has gone in to the underside of the car over the current ownership.

During our short drive in the car, it felt just as you would expect from a Fast Ford of this era and came to a stop without any issues.

The Drive

An extremely enjoyable and nostalgic drive is offered by this Escort RS Cosworth.

The Escort RS fired up on the first try with no issues to report. On the road with David, the car felt tight and had ample power to propel it along the road. We didn't notice any unusual noises coming from the engine or suspension either.

Electrics and Other

We didn't test all the electrics during our visit, but David reports that all of the electrics are functional and operational, in line with the overall condition of the car.

We did notice that the LCD clock screen appears to be faulty, and the amplifier is missing from the glovebox. The car comes with a boot full of spares, including original headlights, sidelights, rear lights, wing mirrors, fog lights, and Escort show number plates. David also mentions that he always keeps a Motorcraft battery on a C-TEK trickle charger when the car is not in use.

History and Paperwork

Coming to market from ~9 years of ownership, it has had significant expenditure in the last 2 years to the cost of ~£11,500.

The 2.0L Turbocharged Cosworth engine delivers an impressive amount of power to this exceptionally well-engineered Escort RS. For a comprehensive look at its history and maintenance, please refer to the history and paperwork media, which includes previous MOT reports, servicing records, and a list of parts that this Escort RS Cosworth has received throughout its life.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

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Service History
Date Type Mileage
28.07.2022 Service + MOT 113,272
02.03.2021 MOT 113,011
19.02.2021 Service + Cambelt -
07.12.2012 MOT 111,244
14.05.2010 MOT 109,621
26.11.2008 MOT 108,327
12.09.2007 MOT 106,918
03.05.2007 MOT 105,750
16.05.2006 MOT 104,285
29.11.2002 Service 89,987
23.11.2001 MOT 82,154
15.11.2000 MOT 73,381
12.01.2000 Service 67,629
20.09.1999 MOT 65,927
17.02.1999 Service 61,973
24.09.1998 Service 59,113
24.06.1998 MOT 58,315
22.08.1997 MOT 54,241
20.09.1996 Service 48,690
20.08.1996 MOT 47,754
23.08.1995 Service 38,064
21.08.1995 MOT 38,044
26.10.1994 Service 32,258
17.09.1993 Service (MD) 21,443
20.01.1993 Service 10,353
12.09.1992 Service 1,571
Key Details
  • ModelEscort RS Cosworth
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date07.08.1992
  • CC1,994
  • Mileage~113,465 at Visit
  • HistoryPresent
  • ColourBlack
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimCloth
  • Chassis #WF0BXXGKABNG84984
  • Engine #NG84984
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOTNo
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes All Clear
  • Former Keepers13
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandContinental
  • Tyre Age2022
  • Security SysYes
  • # of Keys3
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned9 years
  • Key FeatureEngine Rebuild and Respray
  • Auction ID1654