Ford Escort RS 1800


Graham Robson


The Ford Escort RS1800 (Escort MkII) was consistently the fastest, most successful, and most versatile car in the second half of the 1970s. Developed from the Mk1 blueprint, its rally successes were legendary; taking victories at British (RAC), Safari, Acropolis, Finland (1000 Lakes), Sweden, Portugal, Canada, and many more.

These rugged, powerful, and efficiently designed cars were ideal for almost any condition any environment could throw at them. Between 1975 and 1981, the car would win 17 World Rallies, as well as the World Makes Championship in 1979 and Escort drivers like Bjorn Waldegard (1979) and Ari Vatanen (1981) won World Drivers’ Championships.

Ford claims, and it may be right, that RS1800s have won more rallies at World, International, and National level than any other car in the world.