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As a long time fan of the RS Escorts mentioned in the original post of this topic I was intrigued by the stats ...
I'm sure many will know there were quite a few Escorts to carry the RS moniker and although all special in their own way not all created equal or really equivalent to our Mk3 RS Focus.

The 92-96 RS Cosworth is perhaps the closest in ability to our Focus but given very few in the US and only ~7k made worldwide not that easy to compare to the over 30k US Focus RS(?).
WIth that said, when new the Cossie was £20k and now a lowish mileage example is £60k-£70k - so roughly 3x in coming up to 30yr, not terrible.

The original RS, the Mk1 70-74 RS1600 with only ~1K built all are fairly special, therefore not really comparable to Focus at all but with a brand new price of £1.5k and good examples now occasionally going at auction for £100k+ ...
For 73-74 Ford made ~5K slightly more mainstream Mk1 RS2000 Escorts. These sold new for £2-3k depending on spec but now have good ones going for £50k upwards. If we count these as comparable then if you are willing to look after your RS for nearly 50yr then perhaps a 20x return is not unreasonable to expect.

For Mk2 Escorts 74+ the RS1800 was the really special item with around a 100 built and new price between £3-4k if you could get one. Now good examples are approaching £100k at auction.
Again for the Mk2 the RS2000 was the more mainstream version with around 10K made, new price of £3k+ is now getting reasonable mileage examples a price of ~£30k = 10x after 40yr

Mk3 84+ gave us the RS Turbo, RS1600i and another RS2000 … to cut a long story short great examples all sell for considerably more now than when new and they're really just starting to appreciate.

Even given that these rough data points are all UK-centric, with a rallying heritage that gave birth to the RS label, and these rough and incomplete stats come from the most basic of research... my conclusion from this is just as the original poster said: if you are willing to wait long enough, look after your RS well then the chances are it will eventually be worth more than you paid for it - maybe lots more. But saying that I'm seriously considering selling mine at the moment - maybe I'll give my (personal) reasonings for this in a further post and you can all tell me why I’m not thinking straight… especially given I’ve read all the other posts in this topic and totally agree with all the reasons to hold on...
 

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I can't even bring myself to seriously mod my RS, let alone sell it. I had parts planned, decided on new wheels, I knew the tuner I was going to work with.

I installed a Mountune shifter arm and Cobb shifter bushings, installed a Cobb air filter and Mountune silicone hose, then... nothing. In fact, I'm putting the stock air filter back in today (keeping the hose purely for looks).
That lasted about two months 😂 My car has new wheels and a new shifter. NGK ruthenium stock-temp spark plugs are next.


Even given that these rough data points are all UK-centric, with a rallying heritage that gave birth to the RS label, and these rough and incomplete stats come from the most basic of research... my conclusion from this is just as the original poster said: if you are willing to wait long enough, look after your RS well then the chances are it will eventually be worth more than you paid for it - maybe lots more. But saying that I'm seriously considering selling mine at the moment - maybe I'll give my (personal) reasonings for this in a further post and you can all tell me why I’m not thinking straight… especially given I’ve read all the other posts in this topic and totally agree with all the reasons to hold on...
I patiently await this post😁
 

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My RS has brought me a great deal of pleasure, even with the few miles (7600) I have put on it over the 3 years I have owned it. It is without doubt easily the most engaging and fun stock car I have ever driven, never mind owned, and every time I look out and see it parked in the drive it still makes me smile. Since Ford announced it was coming to the US I knew it was going to be on my bucket list of dream vehicles, so on that fateful morning sat in McD's feeling sorry for myself stranded in Northern NH, it really did feel like it was meant to be finding that 2017 NB RS at the Ford dealer one town over. Later that day, picking up my wife and mother-in-law at the Canadian border in it, I felt like a hero - it was like a dream.

In the following weeks life caught up with me, the whole situation of writing 2 cars off in one day created a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare, but also now the only transport I had heading into a regular NH winter had completely unsuitable tires and was far from the beater car I would usually abuse through all weather and tasks. It is also one of the few vehicles I have bought new and the only one that I have borrowed a large portion of the cost to buy. It was a very different ownership experience for me, one that has taught me quite a few surprise lessons about myself.

The RS feels special to me in many ways, although not as rare as many of the older RS, technologically it is a special vehicle and I'm pretty sure will be one of the milestones of the end of an era for these types of cars, as manual transmissions and electric power steadily becomes the norm. I felt lucky to be an owner and wanted to protect my little bit of automotive history, however this was really at odds with my situation of it being my daily, having no garage, and a long time belief that cars are to be driven and enjoyed, especially driver's cars. A couple of minor incidents clarified my conflicted feelings towards the RS; a tiny dent picked up while left in a Wal-Mart car park, and small crack in rocker cladding that was probably caused driving on snow rutted tracks going snowboarding. Imperfections that I probably wouldn't have even noticed on past cars, but on the RS they upset me and meant I started avoiding using whenever there was a slight risk and I had an alternative. For the next winter I bought a beater (Volvo C30) and the snow tires went on this, with the AWD RS in semi storage and only used on really nice days:rolleyes:

Even being hidden away from the harsh world was not enough though, during the Spring service the dealer found the air filter half eaten, and airbox full of leaves and acorns 🐿
No lasting physical damage but an increasing realization that I couldn't protect this car in the way I was more and more feeling I wanted to. This was underlined by a recent topic here on rust that left me looking at my disk hats and thinking I ought to be getting the POR out - something which I currently haven't the time and space to do properly:(

So I have one of my dream cars, but have come to the conclusion that the RS should either preserved and treasured as the appreciating asset it probably will be, or used and enjoyed (tracked) as it was built to be without too much care for the unavoidable tarnish that gives used vehicles their personality. I have realized I can't do either of these well in my current situation so even though I'm sure I will regret it, I think I need to let the RS go:cry: Tell me why I'm wrong ...
 

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My RS has brought me a great deal of pleasure, even with the few miles (7600) I have put on it over the 3 years I have owned it. It is without doubt easily the most engaging and fun stock car I have ever driven, never mind owned, and every time I look out and see it parked in the drive it still makes me smile. Since Ford announced it was coming to the US I knew it was going to be on my bucket list of dream vehicles, so on that fateful morning sat in McD's feeling sorry for myself stranded in Northern NH, it really did feel like it was meant to be finding that 2017 NB RS at the Ford dealer one town over. Later that day, picking up my wife and mother-in-law at the Canadian border in it, I felt like a hero - it was like a dream.

In the following weeks life caught up with me, the whole situation of writing 2 cars off in one day created a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare, but also now the only transport I had heading into a regular NH winter had completely unsuitable tires and was far from the beater car I would usually abuse through all weather and tasks. It is also one of the few vehicles I have bought new and the only one that I have borrowed a large portion of the cost to buy. It was a very different ownership experience for me, one that has taught me quite a few surprise lessons about myself.

The RS feels special to me in many ways, although not as rare as many of the older RS, technologically it is a special vehicle and I'm pretty sure will be one of the milestones of the end of an era for these types of cars, as manual transmissions and electric power steadily becomes the norm. I felt lucky to be an owner and wanted to protect my little bit of automotive history, however this was really at odds with my situation of it being my daily, having no garage, and a long time belief that cars are to be driven and enjoyed, especially driver's cars. A couple of minor incidents clarified my conflicted feelings towards the RS; a tiny dent picked up while left in a Wal-Mart car park, and small crack in rocker cladding that was probably caused driving on snow rutted tracks going snowboarding. Imperfections that I probably wouldn't have even noticed on past cars, but on the RS they upset me and meant I started avoiding using whenever there was a slight risk and I had an alternative. For the next winter I bought a beater (Volvo C30) and the snow tires went on this, with the AWD RS in semi storage and only used on really nice days:rolleyes:

Even being hidden away from the harsh world was not enough though, during the Spring service the dealer found the air filter half eaten, and airbox full of leaves and acorns 🐿
No lasting physical damage but an increasing realization that I couldn't protect this car in the way I was more and more feeling I wanted to. This was underlined by a recent topic here on rust that left me looking at my disk hats and thinking I ought to be getting the POR out - something which I currently haven't the time and space to do properly:(

So I have one of my dream cars, but have come to the conclusion that the RS should either preserved and treasured as the appreciating asset it probably will be, or used and enjoyed (tracked) as it was built to be without too much care for the unavoidable tarnish that gives used vehicles their personality. I have realized I can't do either of these well in my current situation so even though I'm sure I will regret it, I think I need to let the RS go:cry: Tell me why I'm wrong ...
There are as many ways to enjoy cars, as there are owners. It can be confusing.
A wise man once told me, “If in doubt, don’t. You will always 2nd guess your decision.”
At some point, it will become clear.
Try this. Rather than listing your thoughts in a line, as you have done very well, make two columns, keep - sell.
List your thoughts and circumstances in the appropriate column, over a period of time. It may form a picture.
Edit: I read lots of people saying, I love this car…but. I know I’ll miss this car…but. My question is, why would you give up something that makes you happy in the present, for a proposed plan that, hopefully, makes you happier in the future?
 

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My RS has brought me a great deal of pleasure, even with the few miles (7600) I have put on it over the 3 years I have owned it. It is without doubt easily the most engaging and fun stock car I have ever driven, never mind owned, and every time I look out and see it parked in the drive it still makes me smile. Since Ford announced it was coming to the US I knew it was going to be on my bucket list of dream vehicles, so on that fateful morning sat in McD's feeling sorry for myself stranded in Northern NH, it really did feel like it was meant to be finding that 2017 NB RS at the Ford dealer one town over. Later that day, picking up my wife and mother-in-law at the Canadian border in it, I felt like a hero - it was like a dream.

In the following weeks life caught up with me, the whole situation of writing 2 cars off in one day created a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare, but also now the only transport I had heading into a regular NH winter had completely unsuitable tires and was far from the beater car I would usually abuse through all weather and tasks. It is also one of the few vehicles I have bought new and the only one that I have borrowed a large portion of the cost to buy. It was a very different ownership experience for me, one that has taught me quite a few surprise lessons about myself.

The RS feels special to me in many ways, although not as rare as many of the older RS, technologically it is a special vehicle and I'm pretty sure will be one of the milestones of the end of an era for these types of cars, as manual transmissions and electric power steadily becomes the norm. I felt lucky to be an owner and wanted to protect my little bit of automotive history, however this was really at odds with my situation of it being my daily, having no garage, and a long time belief that cars are to be driven and enjoyed, especially driver's cars. A couple of minor incidents clarified my conflicted feelings towards the RS; a tiny dent picked up while left in a Wal-Mart car park, and small crack in rocker cladding that was probably caused driving on snow rutted tracks going snowboarding. Imperfections that I probably wouldn't have even noticed on past cars, but on the RS they upset me and meant I started avoiding using whenever there was a slight risk and I had an alternative. For the next winter I bought a beater (Volvo C30) and the snow tires went on this, with the AWD RS in semi storage and only used on really nice days:rolleyes:

Even being hidden away from the harsh world was not enough though, during the Spring service the dealer found the air filter half eaten, and airbox full of leaves and acorns 🐿
No lasting physical damage but an increasing realization that I couldn't protect this car in the way I was more and more feeling I wanted to. This was underlined by a recent topic here on rust that left me looking at my disk hats and thinking I ought to be getting the POR out - something which I currently haven't the time and space to do properly:(

So I have one of my dream cars, but have come to the conclusion that the RS should either preserved and treasured as the appreciating asset it probably will be, or used and enjoyed (tracked) as it was built to be without too much care for the unavoidable tarnish that gives used vehicles their personality. I have realized I can't do either of these well in my current situation so even though I'm sure I will regret it, I think I need to let the RS go:cry: Tell me why I'm wrong ...
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You’re not thinking straight… especially given you’ve read all the other posts in this topic and totally agree with all the reasons to hold on. 😁

Seriously, though, I agree with the suggestion that you should wait until you are sure what you want to do. If that eventually means selling the car, then GLWS.
 

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@GmpaJimj I think nailed some of my feelings in asking why I would swap something that brings me pleasure now, to enable a plan that could bring me happiness in the future...

I didn't describe any such future plan but maybe it was obviously there, reading between the lines. My home has no garage and thus any vehicle storage is an extra cost and further away than lends itself to automotive tinkering - some of this was possibly guessable from what I've written but the facts that I have a '91 Galant VR-4 that is intended to be my retirement restomod project, a '92 Eclipse GSX that it would be great to get back to occasionally RallyX'ng, a basement full of 4G63/DSM related performance parts, and now a Volvo C30 whose project possibilities intrigue me; was not exactly clearly revealed. I NEED a garage and even have the space to build one...

If I already had a garage I undoubtedly wouldn't be thinking twice about selling the RS, but as it stands I am looking at an impending NH winter where I am not going to be able to use it. Storing is another cost and stress that I really don't need. Having somewhere to store and tinker with your your dream car(s) seems to me now something which should be a higher priority than just owning that dream vehicle. There are many high end cars I'd love to own/drive and could probably (just) afford to buy, but keeping up with parts and consumables to use them would completely blow my budget - I feel like this is a similar balance of priorities. Maybe I've got too old but I feel now sometimes you just have to sacrifice the thing until you can also look after it properly... there's probably parallels in all sorts of other areas of life here too 😶

So as I creep closer to a decision to sell, and this is a topic about Selling Car, do people here have any advice on the best way to get rid of a stock, low mileage RS like mine in the current market? Even though it is a desirable car it is very much a niche market, an RS isn't for everyone and I've never really been one for selling cars. My Ford dealer is so desperate for used vehicles they said they would give me the $36k trade-in value as cash, but $42k seems to be more around the general valuation that the online resources give with my cars specifics, probably a little less for a private sale. Where do people think is the best place to list? Here? auction sites like bringatrailor, carsandbids, eBay? Any other thoughts?
 

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@GmpaJimj I think nailed some of my feelings in asking why I would swap something that brings me pleasure now, to enable a plan that could bring me happiness in the future...

I didn't describe any such future plan but maybe it was obviously there, reading between the lines. My home has no garage and thus any vehicle storage is an extra cost and further away than lends itself to automotive tinkering - some of this was possibly guessable from what I've written but the facts that I have a '91 Galant VR-4 that is intended to be my retirement restomod project, a '92 Eclipse GSX that it would be great to get back to occasionally RallyX'ng, a basement full of 4G63/DSM related performance parts, and now a Volvo C30 whose project possibilities intrigue me; was not exactly clearly revealed. I NEED a garage and even have the space to build one...

If I already had a garage I undoubtedly wouldn't be thinking twice about selling the RS, but as it stands I am looking at an impending NH winter where I am not going to be able to use it. Storing is another cost and stress that I really don't need. Having somewhere to store and tinker with your your dream car(s) seems to me now something which should be a higher priority than just owning that dream vehicle. There are many high end cars I'd love to own/drive and could probably (just) afford to buy, but keeping up with parts and consumables to use them would completely blow my budget - I feel like this is a similar balance of priorities. Maybe I've got too old but I feel now sometimes you just have to sacrifice the thing until you can also look after it properly... there's probably parallels in all sorts of other areas of life here too 😶

So as I creep closer to a decision to sell, and this is a topic about Selling Car, do people here have any advice on the best way to get rid of a stock, low mileage RS like mine in the current market? Even though it is a desirable car it is very much a niche market, an RS isn't for everyone and I've never really been one for selling cars. My Ford dealer is so desperate for used vehicles they said they would give me the $36k trade-in value as cash, but $42k seems to be more around the general valuation that the online resources give with my cars specifics, probably a little less for a private sale. Where do people think is the best place to list? Here? auction sites like bringatrailor, carsandbids, eBay? Any other thoughts?
I couldn’t agree more about the garage! I’m blessed with a garage loving wife. When we built ours, she wanted a 3rd stall, but the neighboring industry wouldn’t sell us the land. As it is the garage is bigger than the house. The only down side is, the more space you have, the more you collect.
I also agree with your feelings about care. Seeing something deteriorate is worse than letting go.
 
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