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With fewer than 1200 miles under its wheels, could this be the most pristine Ford RS200 in existence?
It’s got to be in with a shout – and now it can be yours.
This 1986 RS200 will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, where it will be consigned to the classic cars segment on Saturday 22 February.
The RS200 is finished in Diamond White and inside it features an upgraded interior with red seats and a red-leather-trimmed steering wheel.
It’s a late production road car, number 184 of the 200 built. When new, it was supplied to dealer principal Ronald Hodgson, who kept it in his showroom, unused.
In fact, despite being a 1986 car, it was only registered in 1993, when its evocative L20 ORS (L200 RS) numberplate became available.
Hodgson then actually drove his four-cylinder, turbocharged, 250hp, 1803cc roadgoing rally car – maybe finally giving in to temptation? – but sparing use means that today its odometer reads just 1195.
The car has since resided in two collections, each time being carefully and correctly stored.
Prior to next month’s sale, this car has been given the once-over – and a huge thumbs-up – by RS200 aficionado Justin Smith, who confirmed that it looks delivery-fresh.
Indeed, it still wears its original 225/50/VR16 Pirelli P700 tyres on spotless Speedline 8 x 16-inch eight-spoke alloys, and it has its original promotional Ford Dealer window stickers.
It will also be sold with its toolkit, history file with the original sale brochure, an RS200 embossed service manual and parts manual.
Silverstone Auctions estimates it will sell for £1750-225,000 – we look forward to seeing what it achieves.