Ford Escort Mk3 RS1600i, Diamond White
Item code: VA11009
Ford enthusiasts Adrian and Becky Dismore from Dorset purchased their 1983 RS1600i in 2006 and had to travel to Wolverhampton to do so as, being a limited edition homologation special, they rarely come up for sale. Their original plan, to take the 120,000 mile car home on a trailer and carry out some light restoration work, was rendered impossible by Adrian's multiple sclerosis so the car remained in their garage. In early 2012 long standing friend and fellow RS Owners Club member Andy Farmer, plus Adrian's colleagues at Network Rail, conspired to have it secretly removed and restored by Fuzz Townsend and Tim Shaw for the TV series Car SOS.
The Car SOS team completely stripped the vehicle and found it to be in a much worse condition than they had first thought, being both very corroded in a number of areas and badly repaired in others. The TV team's rebuild lasted three intense weeks, took in every area of the vehicle, and was hampered by the sheer volume of work needed as well as problems getting rare parts. However, after a final all night session by a team of mechanics, the car arrived at Beaulieu Motor Museum where it was unveiled to a truly flabbergasted Adrian who had no idea the car on display was his and, even two years later, admits he still finds it hard to believe that it actually happened.
Engine: 1596cc 4IL SOHC
0-62mph: 8.7 seconds
Max Speed: 116mph