1981 car, grey interior, manual transmission - the most desirable combination. Production variants: bonnet grooves, no gas flap, earlier pull straps, seperate side bolster, black wheel caps and Craig radio with digital clock.
Correct lower front springs and stainless steel coolant tank have been fitted. Otherwise the car is totally unmodified, including original CAT and exhaust system. Good battery. Tyres all very new (still "hairy"). All gas struts work correctly, and the doors do not "droop"
This Mk1 RS Cosworth has been set up for classic competion rally, and was recently available for sale on Bonhams Auctions website.
This is a very r are RS2000 MK1 Escort. For more informatoin about confirming the originality of a MK1 RS2000 Escort and additoinal information, see the attached links to both the RS2000 and RS1600 buyers guides provided by Classic Register:
This mini is a late model 998 LS, as indicated on its ID tag. 78 model 998 LS's had a similar ID tag to the 1275 LS, however, instead of an identification of XNFAD, they had an ID of XNFAB. The ID tag also did not specify "LS", as was the case with pre 78 models. This is my understanding of it, but please correct me if you know otherwise.
This car, along with the nugget gold version of the 998 LS represent the most rare of all production mini's. This mini has clearly been restored in the original Iridium Dulux green, with gold stripes (as was also original). It is said that only approximately 8 of the green and 8 of the gold 998LS cars were manufactured, in order to test the waters for the upcoming 1275 LS. From my understanding, these green and gold cars were distributed to dealers around the country to guage a response in order to make an informed decision for the 1275 model.
Unfortunately this 998 LS has been completely parted out, with only the shell left in a fairly average state. That's not to say it wouldnt be worth restoring however. This turned up on Ebay in 2013, and fortunately had the chassis number available so we could add it to our register. However, we were not able to trak the fate of the car. If anyone has any information on it, including its history or where it ended up, that would be appreciated.
This is a very rare mini 998 LS. The 998 LS was introduced as the successor to the mini S and SS, and was considered a top spec model. The 998 LS in some ways was more equipped than the 1275 LS, with items such as grille mounted foglights standard (whilst these features were optional on the 1275 LS.
About this 1275 LS:
This 1275 LS was last seen for sale in May 2013, in Tewantin QLD. If anyone has any information about the car, including the engine number, pictures or where it ended up, please let us know. Like many others on the register, this one is fitted with a sunroof, which may have been sone in the factory, by the dealer, or aftermarket. If anyone has information on the types of sunroof's fitted factory or by dealers, let us know so we can more accurately describe the cars.
About this 1275 LS
This 1275 LS is an interesting one with a vinyl roof. I was aware that 998 LS cars often came with factory vinyl roof covering, however, I was not aware this was continued on the 1275 LS. This may be a custom job, however, if anyone is aware whether this was done on the 1275 cars from the factory, that information would be appreciated.
About this 1275 LS
We do not have all the details of this car, however, we do have the beginning of the chassis number for reference. If anyone knows the car, please let us know the remaining chassis and engine number details. Based on the start of the chassis number we have, I have estimated that this car was produced in August 1978.