Ford Escort MK3 Genesis for sale: Rear-wheel-drive rally hero

Genesis created a masterpiece in its MK3 Ford Escort rally car. Sold as a kit or a complete car, this example is just one of 36 to be built by the team

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Rally-bred fast Fords are the stuff of legend, with blue oval-badged machines becoming some of the most distinctive cars in motorsport history. However, not all of these Ford heroes came out of factory efforts, such as the Escort Mk3 Genesis rally car. A rare example of this rear-wheel drive icon has been spotted on eBay.

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The Genesis team forged their rally fighter from a Mk3 Escort, a car that retained rear-wheel-drive as opposed to the building trend of all-wheel-drive throughout the sport. Flared wheel arches shrouded a widened track and the rally-prepped interior was stripped out as extensively as the top-flight machines. Under the bonnet was not a Ford unit, but a modified 2.0-litre Vauxhall red top engine that fed the rear wheels via a five-speed Ford Type 9 quick-shift gearbox.

You might spot a few of these Genesis cars for sale over time, but this example is one of just 36 built by the team itself. A further 150 were sold in kit form, but this car is a verified build that started life as a brand-new Ford shell before its transformation and received added chassis strengthening from Genesis.

The advert states that the car is in 'excellent condition inside and out and underneath and is turn key ready to drive or rally this weekend,' with an FIA roll cage, Cobra seats and harnesses, and a new MSA logbook all equipped. From the pictures it certainly looks set to take on some of our favoured Welsh rally stages!

The Ford Escort Mk3 Genesis works car is currently listed at £27,950 on eBay, a fair price for what is a rare example of a classic race-prepared rally car.

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