Update 3/6/2019: This RS200 ended up selling for $280,000 on Bring a Trailer—just $20,000 less than our prediction. That's about as much as a new Lamborghini Huracan Performante. We know which one we'd take. Our original article on the car's sale, published February 28th, 2019, can be seen below.
Ford never officially sold its Group B rally homologation car, the RS200, in America. Sure, a few have been imported, but it's not like they come up for grabs often—just 146 examples were built, after all. That's why this one is so special. It's one of two RS200s ordered in black paint from the factory, and it's up for sale in Nevada. You should buy it.
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The Rs200 is the road-going version of Ford's mid-1980s factory Group B rally car. It has the same mid-engine, all-wheel drive layout as its racing sibling, and shares many of the same parts. Power comes from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder built by Cosworth, sending power to the wheels via a five-speed manual transmission and three viscous-style limited-slip differentials (front, center and rear).
, this particular RS200 was ordered with a power kit when new, boosting the power from 250 horsepower to 350. From the pictures, the car looks to be in great condition. The Ghia-designed body panels seem straight, and the underside is free of any corrosion. The interior sports some lovely Recaro seats and a red leather steering wheel. The odometer reads just 1135 miles.
Of course, a car as special as this isn't going to come cheap. The current high bid on Bring a Trailer at the time of this writing is $150,000, with six days remaining in the auction. RS200s can sell for double that number, so expect that price to go up significantly before the hammer drops for good.