Asked to picture a car costing the better part of $1 million at a prestigious Concours d’Elegance auction, you might picture something classy, refined, with a body made of steel – or better, aluminum.
The Ford RS200 is none of these, with a body made of fiberglass, and about as much class and refinement as a Monster energy drink decal. Instead, the 1985 Ford RS200 pictured here is expected to bring in more than half a million dollars by virtue of its rarity, rally racing heritage, and brutal performance.
This example is slated to auction at an RM Sotheby’s event at the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, with a projected haul of $475k to $675k. It’s one of just 24 Ford RS200 “Evolutions,” with the displacement increased to 2,137 cc, and a peak engine output of 600HP. Other special equipment granted to Evolution models included an uprated suspension, and improved brake equipment.
This astonishingly well-preserved Ford RS200 Evolution has just 270 original miles on the odometer, and it’s an exciting, storied throwback to Ford’s Group B rally racing efforts. The DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Washington has kindly offered to include in the sale a one-day Rally Fundamentals course for the winning bidder and a guest.
Check out the full details, along with a more complete image gallery, at the RM Sotheby’s website.