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1987 Ford Escort RS

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The Project

A 1987 Ford Escort RS which came into our workshop in March 2024 for paintwork repair on the roof due to rust.

7th March 2024: The car has just arrived and work to restore the paintwork on the roof will begin soon.

30th April 2024: Interior has been stripped out and is now ready for work to commence. Spare wheel well and rear floor has surface rust which will be repaired, along with areas of the front floor panels which also have corrosion.

22nd May 2024: Work has begun on the repair of both sills, floor panels and front panel.

> More updates to follow.

Extending the Group A homologation theme to include a turbocharger, Ford followed up the RS1600i in considerable style. For many buyers, the homologation-special RS1600i rather close in both looks and performance to the XR3i, so the addition of a turbo was just the ticket in the fast-escallating hot hatchback war that was sweeping through Europe.

The first RS Turbo was once again a low-volume Rallye Sport offering, and continued the extrovert styling of the RS1600i, but with additional colour keying. It lasted but a year, to be replaced by a new RS Turbo, based on the facelifted car – which this time, was a series production model.

Mechanically, the RS Turbo retained the best features from the XR3i and RS1600i, but included a Garrett T3 turbocharger, which increased power of the 1597cc CVH engine to to a laggy 132bhp for a 125mph top speed. Seven-spoke RS alloys, a bodykit and aerodynamic aids marked out the RS Turbo as the ’80s boy racer’s favourite.

1987 Ford Escort RS | Classic Car Restoration | Carrosserie
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Dr Tim Moss
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Thank you to all at Carroserie who have provided absolute commitment, professional expertise, the ultimate in personal service and 'tender loving care' for my 84-year-old car.

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Nigel Cramp
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Great friendly and helpful team at Carrosserie. Highly quality work. This is the second time I've used their services.

Highly recommended if you want quality restoration or paint work.
Phil Sage
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The work carried out here is like magic, the standard the cars leave is fantastic, the cars they restore are works of art!

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