1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Lux

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5th of June 2018 at 8:23 AM
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    Escort RS Cosworth
    Reg. Date
    Interior Colour
    Interior Trim
    Chassis #
    Engine #
    Yes - Exp: 23.06.18
    MOT Exempt
    Road Tax Exempt
    HPi Clear
    Former Keepers
    LHD or RHD
    RHD UK
    Vehicle Visited
    Sale Type
    1.5 Years
    Key Feature
    12235 times


*** UPDATE: This car has now been sold for £44,995 all inclusive ***

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The 90’s; we miss the 90’s don’t we. Watching the World Rally Championship or the British Touring Cars felt very special. Ogle at the spoiler and splitter clad fire breathing beasts on Sunday, rooting for the marque your family car emanated from.

And on Monday? Admire the road going version of Sunday’s televisual feast from the bus; on the way to school.

‘Road going version’ this may be, but taken to the extreme. Welcome the legend that is now the Escort RS Cosworth, or ‘Cossie’. It doesn’t matter if you are five or fifty five, you still want one.

It was born in an era where manufacturers lived by the rule ‘race on Sunday, sell on Monday’ and were not bound so strictly by emissions and pedestrian crash safety.

Turbo charged, in an obvious ‘wait, here comes the boost’ manner. Whale tail. Aggressive bumpers. Four wheel drive. Mechanical. Intensely rare. Tuneable. Recaro seats. Raw, unhinged and recognisable anywhere in the world as a performance icon. And thus it deserves to be put into perspective in today’s world, not with statistics.

Buy it and park it next to a Prius in the supermarket car park, or even an Ecoboost Focus; feel proud.

Take a look at what Clarkson says about the ‘Cossie’ in the video here – he used to own one too you know.



This beautiful and original Escort RS Cosworth is owned by Mark. Mark has owned this car for just under two years and has built a beautiful car collection of over fifteen cars with the help of his brother-in-law; Rob Carrigan. Mark loves the thrill of buying the best examples he can, once added to his collection he then enjoys driving them when he’s in the country. Mark really does only buy the best-of-the-best examples, and we are very fortunate to be handling the sale of his collection.

So why is Mark now selling his collection? Well, Mark is based overseas and these days he doesn’t get the opportunity to drive his collection as much as he’d like, as more recently his business opportunities are keeping him abroad, so the time has come to pass the cars to new custodians.

Rob looks after the collection for Mark and no expense has been spared in the maintenance of the vehicles. Rob makes sure that whatever the cars need are actioned straight away using specialist garages and original parts. Even the finest indoor covers have been purposely made for each individual car at a cost of over £300 each, and are included in the sale. Every car is securely stored in a new and dry professional unit, as can be seen in our media footage.



The bodywork and paint is in excellent condition as can be seen in the images and video. We sold a similar car a couple of months ago for £45,580 (see here) and comparing the two cars, this is step up in terms of condition and originality.

Wheels & Tyres
Original factory alloys are fitted that are in excellent condition, as shown in the media pack. The Continental Sport Contact 2 tyres (225/45/ZR 16) are in almost new condition.

The bodywork is really exceptional on this car. We didn’t find any bodywork related issues on our visual inspection. There are no noticeable parking dents and the panel fit across the car all looks visually correct.  Update 15th June – we have noticed a very small imperfection in the NSF door – you can just about see it at 4:16 into the video when the camera catches the light – apologies as it’s so small we didn’t notice this on our visual inspection.

The paint is also exceptional on this RS Cosworth, from our visual inspection the majority of the car certainly looks to be factory paint, as we can see no signs of spraying, and it has factory correct orange peel when you look at the reflection across the car.  There was some paint defect remedy carried out in 2004, scratches / chips, as can be seen in the invoices.  The colour is even and deep on every panel, even in direct sunlight. There are a few small stone chips on the leading edge of the bonnet that look to be consistent with the mileage of the car.

Glass and Trim
Like the rest of the car, the glass and trim are all in excellent condition.



The interior is in excellent original condition, as you’d expect for such a low mileage and well maintained car.

Seats and Carpets
The black leather seats are in excellent condition.  There is very little wear on the driver’s seat squab and bolster.

The dashboard and gauges are all in the condition expected with such a low mileage car.  We understand the radio is original to the car too.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
The car has its original steering wheel and gear stick and both are in excellent condition. They are showing the expected levels of wear that would be consistent with the mileage.



We took the car out on our regular ‘on the road’ run and it performed without a problem, along with starting first time. Please review the video footage to see the cold start and how the car performed on a run with Kulraj interviewing Rob during the drive.

Engine and Gearbox
There are no issues with the engine or gearbox. The engine, gearbox and clutch all perform perfectly during our short on the road test.  There are invoices for servicing work done in 2012, e.g. timing belts and tensioners. The clutch feels really good and bites responsively at just under half travel.

Suspension and Brakes
The car has no knocks or rattles coming from the suspension. As mentioned, the car has always had the best care in the last two years of Mark’s ownership, and you’ll see receipts for all work carried out.

The Drive
The drive was without fault, with the turbo kicking in as expected, and all gears being selected without issue.

Electrics and Other
We checked all the main electrics and they performed without fault. A battery conditioner is fitted when the vehicle is not in use. Rob tells us the air conditioning is working perfectly.



Please review the picture file to see the invoices and previous MOT’s that come with the car. The original service book has been lost at some point, however, there are invoices for some service history. I understand it may be possible to request a replacement and contact Ford to find out where the car was serviced and have it re-stamped.

The car is showing just over 40,875 as of 03.06.2018.

HPi Check Results
This car is HPi clear – results as follows:

– Scrapped – We have no record of this registration being scrapped.
– Exported – We have no record of this registration being exported.
– Imported – We have no record of this registration being imported.
– Stolen – We have no record of this registration being stolen.
– Destroyed – We have no record of this registration being destroyed.
– Insurance Write-off – We have no record of this registration being written off.

Mileage Records – MOT
– 26-04-1999 – 12,128 miles
– 07-09-2000 – 12,455 miles
– 25-09-2001 – 17,381 miles
– 13-08-2002 – 24,058 miles
– 21-05-2003 – 27,511 miles
– 16-09-2003 – 32,148 miles
– 15-09-2004 – 35,898 miles
– 21-04-2006 – 37,320 miles
– 07-03-2007 – 37,481miles
– 23-07-2009 – 38,490 miles
– 22-01-2011 – 38,859 miles (online)
– 29-03-2012 – 39,518 miles (online)
– 04-04-2013 – 39,703 miles
– 27-03-2014 – 39,820 miles
– 23-06-2015 – 39,879 miles
– 24-06-2016 – 39,894 miles
– 17-06-2017 – 40,821 miles



This is our second 1996 Escort RS Cosworth that we’ve sold in the last three months – see here. As mentioned earlier, the last one sold for just over £45k with positive reviews from both the seller and buyer on our Trustpilot pages – see here. The paint and bodywork on this example are a step up and the car also looks amazing in the bright red paint.

The market for ‘Fast Fords’ continue to grow monthly, as seen in recent record auction results. This is a very desirable model that is likely to only continue to appreciate further.

If you’re after the best RS Cosworth on the market today, they you’ve found it here.



This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Rob (custodian of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Rob will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.

UsernameBid AmountDate MadeWinner
toffer£27,250.0021-Jun-2018 20:29:52 
mrsmith80£27,000.0019-Jun-2018 18:19:52 


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