• Jun 24, 2009
Ford RS200 eBay Find - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Really, what more needs to be said about the Ford RS200? Students of Group B rally history are well aware of Ford's efforts with the R200 during the '80s, including the required 200 homologation versions that were sold during its run from 1984 through 1986 and the two disastrous crashes during the '86 season that spelled the end of the Group B era. With a turbocharged, 1.8-liter inline four putting out a conservative 250 hp to all four wheels (in road-going guise), the RS200 has become The One to those of us who grew up watching the Blue Oval's rallying exploits in our PJs.

This particular example is #135 and was purchased from Robert Sutherland (according to the seller, the lone importer of the RS200 to the States) after it competed in the La Carrera Panamerica in 1986. It's a gorgeous yet subdued gray over red with a few minor blemishes and a host of options, but the only bits that matter are the mid-mounted turbo'd four-pot, front-mounted transmission and its ability to dominate on nearly any terrain on the planet. And if you're willing to risk tinkering with the two-decade old mill, 450+ hp can be yours with minimal modifications. The bidding begins at a ridiculously low $2,500 (expect this to climb... quickly) and, located in Lake Arrowhead, CA, it's one of the few examples left in the U.S. Bid early and bid often. We're pooling our pocket change now.



[Source: eBay via Bring a Trailer]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh how I would love to add this to my collection!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Matchbox made one... Or is it Hotwheels? Which one is your collection made of?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would see someone like Jay Leno picking this up, it's a great find, I would love to have it and I would drive it often.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe Jay Leno already has one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why Jay Leno of all people? I suppose Steve Jobs could also pick it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        note i said SOMEONE LIKE Jay Leno as in a wealthy car enthusiast. When I think of someone who has a vast collection of rare cars I think of Leno.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'Always stored in a radiant heated garage with no weight on suspension. See yellow cradle in photos, car is hung by the frame from the rafters with easy access when needed by lowering electric winch.'

      Astounding. It's at $31K right now, except it to go a lot further.

      That car does not look like it could take a 6" curb at 60mph as configured. Maybe with a different suspension config.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If there is a Ford i would love to see brought back, is this one!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen this car ( or one of its cousin's ) at Cars & Coffee in Irvine. Pretty cool car but it doesn't do it for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      umm, I have silly question, why is there a rear view mirror?
        • 5 Years Ago
        safety first :D
        • 5 Years Ago


        "umm, I have silly question, why is there a rear view mirror?"

        so you can watch the TV
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy cow!

      Already at US $60,100.00 and RESERVED NOT MET YET...

      Nice car. but I think 55K would have did it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a lot better than that Lambo a few posts back. A Ford I actually like. Wish they went further with this. Would have been a great Fiero competitor on the street. Beautiful 80s car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say we all put our money together and go in on this car. It can be like a timeshare! It isn't the best deal, but sacrifices must be made.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yes, yes, and more YES!

      these days 1.8l turbo and 225 hp doesn't mean much, but in full race tune...
      DAYUM
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw that sucker on Hwy 133 probably just finished with coffee and cars in Irvine and was heading for a drive on PCH nice looking bugga
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yo, what is that contraption between the headrests? Blog said it was chock full-o-options, so I can only imagine what strange 80's novelty that could be...
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's a Sony Watchman.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess that tv is outdated now seeing as we past the dtv transitional phase.
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