BaT Auction: 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

This 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution is one of just 24 examples built for FIA Group B homologation and was acquired by the seller out of Norway in 2017. The car is finished in white over a gray fabric interior and is powered by a turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-four, which was rebuilt in England prior to the vehicle’s importation to the US in 2018. Power is sent to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission with straight-cut gears and three limited-slip differentials. Additional equipment includes front and rear clamshells, 16” Speedline multi-piece wheels, Hella front fog lamps, and fixed-back bucket seats. This RS200 Evolution shows just under 800 kilometers (~500 miles) and is being offered in Oceanside, California with a tool kit, a leather-bound workshop and repair manual, receipts from the engine rebuild, and a clean New Hampshire title in the seller’s name.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

Approximately 200 RS200 examples were produced in order to meet the World Rally Championship’s Group B homologation requirements, of which only 24 were converted to Evolution models, which featured upgraded suspension and brakes as well as a larger 2.1-liter version of the Cosworth powerplant. The fiberglass composite bodywork was penned by Filippo Sapino at Ghia and manufactured by Reliant, while the chassis was developed by F1 designer Tony Southgate and engineer John Wheeler.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

The exterior of this example is finished in white and features a fixed rear spoiler with built-in ventilation ducting, as well as roof and side-mounted air intakes, a vented clamshell front hood, and integrated Hella driving lamps.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

The Evolution-specific 16” multi-piece Speedline wheels feature gray centers with polished lips and are wrapped in Falken FK451 tires sized 245/45. Stopping power is provided by four-wheel discs, and the car rides on a double-wishbone suspension with dual shock absorbers at all four corners. A full-size spare is located under the rear clamshell aft of the engine.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

The cabin features fixed-back bucket seats trimmed in gray fabric along with black door panels and a gray dashboard, center console, and floors. Equipment includes a fire extinguisher mounted ahead of the passenger’s seat, as well as crank windows and toggle switches for the headlights.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

A red leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with an RS-branded center pad frames a suite of VDO instrumentation including a 10k-rpm tachometer, a 240-km/h speedometer, and auxiliary displays for coolant temperature and oil pressure. Gauges mounted in the center stack monitor fuel level, fuel pressure, voltage, and boost pressure. The five-digit mechanical odometer shows just under 800 kilometers (~500 miles), around 400 of which have been added during current ownership.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

The Cosworth-built turbocharged 2.1-liter BDT-E inline-four features an aluminum engine block along with factory-installed upgraded turbo components for peak output of approximately 600 horsepower when new. The engine was rebuilt in February 2018 by Geoff Page Racing of Maldon, Essex in England and features a Holley fuel pump and stainless-steel lines.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

Power is sent to all four wheels through a front-mounted five-speed manual transmission with straight-cut gears and three Ferguson viscous limited-slip dif­ferentials enclosed in magnesium cases. Additional underbody photos are provided in the gallery below, and a video tour of the underside is available here.

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A walk-around video is presented above, and additional walk-around clips can be found here and here. Footage of the engine starting is viewable below.

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