The production of Fast & Furious 6 purchased five 1972 Ford Escort RS1600’s to use in the movie. These cars were taken to a shop in Britain to be torn down and rebuilt as purpose stunt cars. According to Edmunds, these stunt cars were fitted with a rebuilt engine, new 5-speed transmission, roll cage, race bucket seats, Revotec gauges, and 13-inch Compomotive Minilite wheels.
The cars were co-starring for Paul Walker’s character Bryan O’Conner as his vehicle of choice. The car-character’s big moment in the film is when it jumps a highway divider during the chase involving a tank in the Canary Islands. The car jumps, lands, and keeps on driving (total bull).
They used 2 Escorts to film the jump scene. One ended up on its roof and was destroyed. However, this particular car landed on its wheels but ended up in a permanent yoga pose – a twisted heap. Destroying desirable classic cars for stunts that end up looking fake thanks to rapid editing is the very reason I loathe the F&F movies. Regardless of whether or not most of these Escorts weren’t real RS models.
Post Production Restoration
After 2013, this Escort RS1600 was stored for years in the UK until it was purchased by a collector. This new owner spent 70,000 pounds completely restoring the car. The car has been reborn powered by a 2.0-liter Vauxhall engine.
According to the owner the car has clocked about 20 miles since the restoration. It is a new-classic and it is now up for sale with The Classic and Sportscar Centre of West Knapton, North Yorkshire. They are asking 80,000 pounds and thanks to the internet they’ve received over 7,000 views on their online advert.
It comes as no surprise that the car has been sold. Nevertheless, the advert goes into great detail explaining everything that has been done to this car. I’m glad this stunt car got a new lease on life.