Dry sumped with new 5 port oil pump and oil cooler, mechanical tacho drive, new Lucas 43D distributor and Lucas CD ignition unit, with Omex rev limiter and gear change light.
Gartrac World Cup crossmember.
Checked and verified by the AVO Owners Club as an original Mexico still with its original shell.
In 1998 the car was loaned to the Pembrokeshire Motor Museum where it was to remain until 2013, preserved in an ideal indoor heated and dehumidified climate.The Ford Escort RS1600 that Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm piloted to victory at halmstad escort the 1972 East African Safari Rally did not meet the minimum reserve at Bonhams Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia sale held July 3rd, 2009 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.Engine built from almost all new parts and run in and set up on dyno by Connaught Competition Engines.FIA dry break fuel sampling point.Professionally converted in 1982 into a proper forest stage rally car for the Phillips brothers.Its pre-sale estimate was 90,000 110,000.Works Spec Mk 1 Ford Escort BDA/BDE Rally Car.Flagged away by Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, Scandinavians Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm in RWC 455K led from the off and were only really challenged by teammates Timo Makinen and Henry Liddon in RWC 456K, which although suffering mechanical problems eventually finished 8th.Boot mounted Gartrac dry sump oil tank with catch tank, all pipes in Aeroquip with Aeroquip alloy fittings.Fully roadworthy and a current MOT.Front: AP Racing Tarmac Spec CP2271 Monte Carlo 4 pot calipers, AP Racing CP4448 260 x 25 ventilated discs, Ferodo FRP218H pads.
Today, this famous motor car is very much just as it crossed the Safari finish line with Boreham-specification 1850cc steel-blocked BDA engine (rebuilt in December 2007 ZF 5-speed gearbox and Atlas axle all still present.
Steel doors, fibreglass boot and bonnet by Smith and Deakin.