There is only one genuine factory built MK1 RS2000 in existence and
this is a brief introduction as to how it came about!
Originally, there were three prototype MK1 Mexico estates built at
Ford's AVO factory (PGU 97K, YNO 14L and VEV 678L). They were
all made in 1972 although, in 1974, one of them (VEV 678L) returned and was changed into
an RS2000 estate. The cars bodyshells were strengthened in a similar way to their rallying
relations and everything ahead of the doors matched the sporting specifications of the
saloon cars on which they were based. The rear end, however, was constructed from the more
ordinary estate panels although beneath the surface there was the proper Mexico/RS2000
VEV 678L - The Only Genuine RS2000 Estate
Unfortunately, the cars never went into full production. They
reached the press evaluation stage but went no further as the project was shelved. This
was probably due to rumours about the impending closure of the AVO factory although nobody
seems to know for certain.