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1977 Ford Escort RS 2000 Custom Pack MkII

1977 Ford Escort RS 2000 MkII in The Professionals, TV Series, 1977-1983 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE — Made for: GB

1977 Ford Escort RS 2000 Custom Pack MkII

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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stronghold EN

2007-04-26 15:34

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-- Last edit: 2007-10-24 04:54:30

dudley UK

2007-04-26 16:57

From http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/profcars.htm

Car: Ford Escort Mark II RS2000
Colour: Diamond White
License Plate: PNO 641T (False) / PNO 672R (Genuine)
Main Driver: Doyle
Episodes: 1978 and 1979 episodes
Even today this particular model of Escort remains a cult classic and commands four figure values - the ordinary ones are worth less than a few hundred quid!

Despite the post-July 1978 registration, Doyle's car was actually of 1976 vintage: the FORD lettering on the rear (rather than the blue oval badge) being the biggest give-away, plus a few other subtle decal designs such as the wide waistline stripes. The car's genuine number was PNO 672R.

Jason Mitchell, a member of the RS Owners club, and John O'Connell tell me there were rumours that the Doylemobile was stolen (!) just prior to commencement of shooting on the 1980 episodes, which led to the production team supplying both lads with Capris. However it's far more likely that the car was simply returned to Ford after shooting the 1979 episodes, particularly as LWT were on the brink of axing the series anyway. When the show was reprieved in March 1980, the official line is that as Ford were about to launch a radical new version of the Escort range, they were concerned that Martin Shaw would be seen driving an "old" model and so supplied Mark 1 with another Capri (it would be some time before they would launch a sports version of the Mark III Escort).

The tilt-slide sunroof appears to be a unique factory-fit add-on but if you take a careful look at 'Rogue' - the first ep to be actually filmed for the second season - you'll see the car doesn't have this highly desirable extra at that point. However by the time the next segment was filmed, 'Hunter/Hunted', it has been fitted. If you consider that the car is not seen until towards the end of this ep, I'm guessing that it was away having the sunroof fitted while Doyle chased about in the Jag. The reason for adding the sunroof was that the dark interior of the car made filming from inside it problematic. (Thanks to Ash George and Classic Ford magazine.)

Of all the famous vehicles seen in the show, the RS has proved the most sought-after and elusive. Frustratingly neither Mark 1 nor LWT retained useful documentation on the series which would have revealed the car's true identity. But the sunroof should have made it easy to track down were it still around. Efforts by fans proved fruitless and many of us suspected it had been scrapped many years ago. Yet from 1979 to 1995 the car actually passed through the hands of many people - most of them oblivious to its history...

Why did the car disappear for all these years? What appears to have happened is that specialist RS dealer called Chris Blyth acquired the car once it left the show in late 1979 and put it on his forecourt in Norwich. Advertising it as "The Professionals" car it was sold to a private buyer for almost the same amount of money as a brand new model, despite it being three years old by this time! (Another fan, Tim Humphreys-Jones, almost bought it but then remembered what a thrashing the car received on-screen!) A few years later the car was sold on again and this is where it slipped into obscurity. The new owner, although aware of the car's history, does not appear to have mentioned this when he sold it on himself in the mid-1980s. For this reason the string of owners over the next ten years were oblivious to its Professionals connection - not too surprising given that no Professionals fans knew the car's genuine registration number.

Over the years the car naturally deteriorated and was taken off the road in 1995, the owner at that time intending to restore it. For whatever reason this didn't happen and the chap decided to sell the car "as is" in Novemebr 2003...

A local newspaper carried a "for sale" advert for an RS2000 of 1976 vintage. Not too unusual, except that the then-owner happened to mention the sunroof. By happy accident a Professionals fan - who subsequently became the new owner - discovered that the car was indeed the very same one used in the show...

Close inspection revealed that the sunroof appears to be unique, being an extra-large custom-made job (not, as previously thought, the same design used on Granadas of the time). Most surprisingly it is electrically powered. The other giveaway was the loudspeaker mounted in its sun-visor - still there today!

At the time of this update (July 2004), the car is undergoing extensive restoration work. "

-- Last edit: 2007-04-26 16:59:49


2007-10-03 13:27

Registred in 1977, last time it was used 1988.

jonnyv007uk EN

2008-06-09 14:30

Vehicle Registration Mark PNO672R
Model ESCORT RS 2000
Transmission & fuel type MANUAL PETROL
Date of Liability 01 02 1988
Date of First Registration 19 04 1977
Year of Manufacture 1977
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1993CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour WHITE
Vehicle Type Approval null
The information contained on this page is correct at the time of enquiry

rs2000 PT

2009-11-13 17:53

I have mine!!!
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