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Two legendary RS cars go under the knife. Purists, look away as Simon Coulson tackles the RS200 and Sapphire Cosworth for this week’s project inspiration.

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Now, R(S) you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… There’s nothing like slicing up an automotive legend is there? You know how it is, one day you’re polishing your precious concours-winning Sierra Sappire RS Cosworth when you start asking questions: is this really what I want? Is this different? Is rarity enough? Am I satisfied with spending my weekend rubbing wax all over my body? It’s an epiphany. 

Suddenly you’re possessed, driven to resolve those wasted years. The first victim is the unsuspecting XR4i that unwittingly donates its doors, the next a brand spanking new Focus ST that finds itself sans rims. After all the welding and grinding it’s time to look at the official RS colour charts… black? White? Moonstone? In a word, no. Original colours are for wimps, even shiny paint isn’t hardcore enough for this car. A coat of suede-finish blue fits the bill, twinned with some ever-so-green paint on the rims. Sick… in a good way.

Now that’s a phrase which brings us neatly to part two of this month’s journey… a rat look RS200. I know what you’re thinking — why don’t more people build RS200s? Why don’t more owners embrace the rat look for their pride and joy? All you need is a base car (should be easy enough to find, it’s not like they’re rare or anything), a roofrack (complete with boot sale sourced retro luggage), a set of banded steels and a hefty whack from the lowering stick. 

The fly in the ointment is that the composite bodywork won’t rust in the usual way, but a bit of ingenuity and a rot-effect paintjob will work wonders. It’s a flawless plan…what could possibly go wrong?

Words and illustrations Simon Coulson

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