PARIS, France – A rare Ford RS200, one of just 200 ever produced, this week sold for €138,000 at a prestigious auction in Paris.
The car, which was manufactured in the UK in the mid-1980s and has covered less than 4,000 kilometres, was successfully bid for by an unnamed collector at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques Du Monde Au Grand Palais.
The RS200 was designed by Ford to challenge for Group B rally car honours and featured four wheel-drive and a mid-mounted, turbo-charged 1.8-litre 16-valve Cosworth BDA engine producing up to 500bhp.
It finished third on its World Rally Championship debut in 1986 and went on to achieve 19 wins and 32 podium finishes at international level before motorsport’s governing body abolished Group B cars.
This particular RS200 was one of three iconic Fords which sold for a combined €230,000 at Bonhams. The others were a GT40 Replica powered by a Ford Boss 347ci (5.7-litre) racing engine which fetched €80,500, and a 1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner cabriolet which sold for €12,075.