Ford’s “RS” performance badge is perhaps only recently starting to have some significance to American buyers; across Europe, the name has been a big deal ever since the very first RS-badged Escort models of the 1970s. So, while the thought of any 1985 Ford Escort encroaching upon the $100k mark at auction might be inconceivable to much of the US, it’s perhaps a bit less bewildering to those in the UK.
In fact, a 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo did near the $100k mark at auction over the weekend, fetching just over £60,000 ($90,000+ US) in the UK.
The Ford Escort RS Turbo in question was sold by Silverstone Auctions, and as you can see from the photos below, the car is truly in near-mint condition. That’s because this 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo has been driven just 5,568 miles since new, making it possibly the lowest-mileage Series 1 RS Turbo in existence, according to the Daily Express.
By 1980, the Ford Escort had reached its third generation in Europe and the UK, a generational update which brought with it the change from rear- to front-wheel drive. This 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo is no exception, with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine sending around 130 horsepower to the front wheels.
Check out the gallery below for more stills of this forced-induction 1980s heartthrob.