1987 Ford RS200
- Single-owner example, delivered new to Japan
- Accompanied by copies of its Japanese registration certificate, Japanese registration history and Japanese servicing records
- Fully serviced by specialists in December 2019
- Desirable and useable Group B homologation special
- Inspected by RS200 expert and authority, Justin Smith
The Ford RS200
Produced by Ford Motorsport in Boreham, England, from 1984-1986, the RS200 was Ford’s weapon to compete in the World Rally Championship during the fearsome Group B era. The car featured a plastic-fibreglass composite body, designed by Ghia, a mid-mounted engine and four-wheel drive. The chassis was designed by Formula One designer, Tony Southgate, and Formula One engineer, John Wheeler.
Power came from an 1803 cc Ford-Cosworth BDT engine, producing 250 bhp in standard road-going trim, although as production progressed more power became available. At the time, Group B regulations required manufacturers to assemble 200 road-going versions of their race-bred competition cars. With time, it has become clear that Ford did not sell 200, with Justin Smith, the Ford RS200 authority, believing as few as 147 were actually sold, and only 90 being left-hand drive configuration.
This single-owner Ford RS200
The RS200 presented here, chassis 198, was assembled by Ford in 1986 and finished in white in left-hand drive specification. The car was sold new through Ford Kuhn of West Germany to its one and only Japanese owner, Mr Tusyoshe Mikami. Interestingly, this car was ordered new with optional red Recaro seats, at an additional cost of £1,396, making the total sale price £38,577.
Mr Mikami registered the car in Japan, where it was assigned Yokohama registration ’33 2991’. Accompanying the car are copies of the Japanese service records, confirming the mileage as 8,081 km in December 1991, 11,362 km in January 1994, 14,970 km in February 1996 and 18,700 km in November 1999. Also included in the history file are copies of the Japanese registration certificate, and Japanese registration history, confirming this car to be single owner.
In 2011, RS200 expert and authority, Justin Smith, featured the car in his seminal registry ‘Ford RS200: The Story So Far’. In 2019 this RS200 was shipped from Yokohama to England where it was imported, European taxes paid, and inspected in person by Justin Smith
The next stop for this RS200 was at Geoff Page Racing for maintenance and service works. Geoff Page worked on the engine programme for Ford’s Boreham works rally team, so has a wealth of experience when it comes to these very special Fords. Upon arrival at Geoff Page Racing, the car was inspected with works completed including a full engine service including cam belt change, new fuel filter, new battery, new spark plugs, new brake and clutch master cylinders, new clutch slave cylinder and new coolant. The brake calipers and brake lines were removed and rebuilt, with new steering rack boots fitted and the radiator pressure tested. New Michelin tyres were fitted, with works totalling in excess of £9,000. In December 2019, the car was MOT’d, with the mileage noted as 19,046 kms. Once these servicing works were complete, the car was then professionally detailed.
The Ford RS200 is one of the rarest, and most useable of the fabulous Group B homologation specials. This example, delivered new to Japan and residing with that single owner its entire life, offers a rare opportunity to experience one of the most original examples, fresh from a complete service with the right specialists.
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