Of all the wicked road and race cars to come out of the 1980s, machines from Group B rally are arguably the most notorious. Few class restrictions and safety requirements led to big power gains and spectator danger that motorsport fans still crave, and birthed gravel-road-taming monsters like the Lancia 037, Audi Sport Quattro S1, and Ford RS200. The golden era of rallying may be over, but the cars remain in museums and private collections, and one of them can be yours.
A 1986 Ford RS200 has been listed on Bring a Trailer, and it's bound to bring back some crazy Group B memories. In fact, this example is one of 200 road-legal RS200s manufactured to meet the FIA's homologation rules, so you won't need to find the nearest private dirt course to have some fun. While a few RS200s have been spotted on auction sites prior to this, this is thought to be one of just two examples finished in black.
It's been fitted from the factory with a 350-horsepower kit, 100 horses more than the standard turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder made originally. A five-speed manual transmission sends power to the front and back wheels, complemented by not one or two but three Ferguson limited-slip differentials. The interior features red-patterned Recaro sport seats, power windows, and a red vinyl-wrapped steering wheel. The odometer currently reads 1,135 miles.
Of the countless icons built during rally's finest days, the Ford RS200 stands out among the best, both for its looks and its sheer ridiculousness. Sadly, the car's steep driving learning curve made it less competitive than other Group B rally monsters, and its greatest result was a third place finish at the 1986 World Rally Championship round in Sweden. It was also part of the event that essentially caused the death of Group B, when an RS200 piloted by Joaquim Santos collided with a crowd at the Rally de Portugal, killing three spectators and injuring 31 others.
Still, this homologation special is an important remnant of a bygone era of motorsport, and it’s likely to command a hefty price at the end of the auction (it's already sitting at $153,000 at the time of writing). Better get your checkbook out fast.