When FIA demanded that a number of street-legal units had to be manufactured in order to homologate a rally car, it resulted in some pretty amazing machines hitting the road. The Group B ones were the wildest, and the Ford RS200 perhaps the most desirable of all.
Ford built 146 examples of the iconic RS200 to meet homologation requirements for the Group B series. With the exception of a handful of hardcore ‘Evo’ models, most were fitted with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine pumping out 250 hp.
Due to the vehicle’s rarity, few come up for sale online – and when they do, they are typically snapped up very quickly. A particularly stunning RS200 that was recently for sale on Bring A Trailer, for example, fetched no less than $280,000.
The vehicle’s listing states that this RS200 is chassis #159 and that it was first imported into the United States in the early 1990s before being returned to the UK in 1997. The vehicle was displayed at the David Sutton Motorsports Museum for a number of years before being registered in the UK in 2006. It was returned to the United States a few years ago and currently has 1135 miles (1826 km) under its belt. Incredibly, this is thought to be just one of two examples ever painted black from the factory.
The immaculate exterior paint is complemented beautifully by an equally-as-pristine interior. The XR3i steering wheel has been wrapped in red leather, there’s bright red piping on the black carpets and Recaro seats which have barely been used.
While most RS200’s left the factory with 250 hp, the owner of this model opted for the factory power kit that bumps up power to 350 hp, as well as the aforementioned Recaro seats, power windows and a radio.