This 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 is a left-hand-drive example that was sold new in Finland. Just 5,000 Series 1 RS Turbos were built worldwide and not many as a LHD.
The RS Turbo S1 model features an exterior graphics package, alloy wheels, cloth Recaro seats, and a limited-slip differential.
Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6L inline-four paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. This example was fitted with a larger turbocharger and additional performance modifications years ago, though it is now closer to stock specification aside from an aftermarket exhaust, auxiliary gauges, and a Pioneer CD player. The engine is not standard though and performs very well, 185hp.
Nearly all of the Escort RS Turbos built worldwide were painted white with blue decals as seen here. The rear valence is showing evidence of prior repairs and paintwork, and it also appears that the body may have been repainted in the past, though the graphics have since faded. Cosmetic blemishes are highlighted in the photo gallery, including missing paint on the rear spoiler, some bubbles and rust, various chips and scuffs, and a crack in the windshield.
The RS Turbo S1 came standard with alloy wheels shared with the limited-production RS 1600i.
Cloth-covered Recaro front seats feature blue piping and show some wear on the driver’s outer bolstering, along with small tears on the passenger-side inner bolstering.
A Pioneer in-dash CD player was added by a previous owner along with aftermarket gauges displaying boost and the air/fuel mixture. As shown in pictures, the dashboard is cracked in multiple areas. Factory equipment includes a sunroof, three-spoke steering wheel, and power windows. The five-digit odometer indicates 21,600 kilometers (~13k miles), with total mileage unknown.
Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.6L inline-four, which developed approximately 130 horsepower when new, this has just been run on the dyno and is producing 185hp. A modified exhaust system is installed, and power is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission and factory limited-slip differential. It has had recent servicing included a new cam belt, brakes, and gearbox maintenance, no records are present for the work apart from photos.
This is a great car to drive and keeps up with most modern cars, even at high speeds it feels very safe and smooth.
It wouldn’t take much to restore this car back to top condition, then you would have a valuable and rare car.
I challenge you to try and find another LHD RS Turbo S1 for sale, if you do, I would be very surprised.
Please let me know if you have any questions or require more photos.
Please know that I will help you in every way possible with the purchase. I have good contacts for shipping the vehicle all over the world. If you would like to come and view the vehicle before purchasing that would be great but if it isn’t possible to come and view, I will do my best to give you as much information and as many photos as you require. I myself buy a lot from foreign countries so I know exactly the situation you are in.
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