Is that a proper RS bodykit on the Orion? I remember going to an RS dealer somewhere near Lincon whilst on hols and getting a brochure. All the bodykits were pretty much the same - glue a spoiler onto the bottom half of the bumper to make it deeper, a boot spoiler, sill covers.
Still remember a pretty much stock Granada, looked like a 2.0 GL or something in a solid colour like Doom Blue, and then this bodykit glued to it for the photos making it look like a pig wearing lipstick. Oh, and every car had 7-spoke RS alloys.
I bet that kit is a rarity now though, hardly ever see period stuff like that. Probably all got binned off in the 90s in favour of some awful smooth Max Power job.
Wasn’t just RS dealers who did the RS accessories from memory, the dealer my old man got his later mk5 Escort shape Orion from wasn’t an RS Dealer but had a RS wheel stand in the service/parts bit, always liked the 5 spoke ones with the RS inside a hexagonal bit on the centre cap. Brochures and pictures on the walls of cars along with the price lists with RS stuff on them when we went in to get his car serviced.
Best one is seeing a standard car, like the doom blue Granada GL you mention, with the RS accessory kit but still with steelies and trims.
Shame that although OEM genuine accessory spoilers, skirt kits, bumper extensions etc still exist in the accessories brochures for moderns you hardly see any cars with them fitted compared with back in the day Fords with RS accessories or Vauxhall’s with Irmscher stuff or even Peugeot’s with SP grilles and so on were common. Guess there’s just not the same level of ‘tasteful car customisation’ there used to be sadly.
That Orion looks cracking btw!
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