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Old 16-03-2007, 04:42   #1
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Default PNO672R Professionals RS2000

anyone know the whereabouts of this rs2000, is it still alive or being restored,

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Old 18-03-2007, 20:49   #2
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Not been around for a good while last taxed 1987

Date of Liability 01 02 1988
Date of First Registration 19 04 1977
Year of Manufacture 1977
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1993CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour WHITE
Vehicle Type Approval null
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Old 11-04-2007, 23:26   #3
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for those who are interested PNO 672R is the real registration for a very famous RS2000,
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the professionals RS 2000
Car: Ford Escort Mark II RS2000
Colour: Diamond White
License Plate: PNO 641T (False) / PNO 672R (Genuine)
Main Driver: Doyle
Episodes: 1978 and 1979 episodes
Comments: Even today this particular model of Escort remains a cult classic and commands four figure values - the ordinary ones are worth less than a few hundred quid!

Despite the post-July 1978 registration, Doyle's car was actually of 1976 vintage: the FORD lettering on the rear (rather than the blue oval badge) being the biggest give-away, plus a few other subtle decal designs such as the wide waistline stripes. The car's genuine number was PNO 672R.

Jason Mitchell, a member of the RS Owners club, and John O'Connell tell me there were rumours that the Doylemobile was stolen (!) just prior to commencement of shooting on the 1980 episodes, which led to the production team supplying both lads with Capris. However it's far more likely that the car was simply returned to Ford after shooting the 1979 episodes, particularly as LWT were on the brink of axing the series anyway. When the show was reprieved in March 1980, the official line is that as Ford were about to launch a radical new version of the Escort range, they were concerned that Martin Shaw would be seen driving an "old" model and so supplied Mark 1 with another Capri (it would be some time before they would launch a sports version of the Mark III Escort).

The tilt-slide sunroof appears to be a unique factory-fit add-on but if you take a careful look at 'Rogue' - the first ep to be actually filmed for the second season - you'll see the car doesn't have this highly desirable extra at that point. However by the time the next segment was filmed, 'Hunter/Hunted', it has been fitted. If you consider that the car is not seen until towards the end of this ep, I'm guessing that it was away having the sunroof fitted while Doyle chased about in the Jag. The reason for adding the sunroof was that the dark interior of the car made filming from inside it problematic. (Thanks to Ash George and Classic Ford magazine.)

Of all the famous vehicles seen in the show, the RS has proved the most sought-after and elusive. Frustratingly neither Mark 1 nor LWT retained useful documentation on the series which would have revealed the car's true identity. But the sunroof should have made it easy to track down were it still around. Efforts by fans proved fruitless and many of us suspected it had been scrapped many years ago. Yet from 1979 to 1995 the car actually passed through the hands of many people - most of them oblivious to its history...

Why did the car disappear for all these years? What appears to have happened is that specialist RS dealer called Chris Blyth acquired the car once it left the show in late 1979 and put it on his forecourt in Norwich. Advertising it as "The Professionals" car it was sold to a private buyer for almost the same amount of money as a brand new model, despite it being three years old by this time! (Another fan, Tim Humphreys-Jones, almost bought it but then remembered what a thrashing the car received on-screen!) A few years later the car was sold on again and this is where it slipped into obscurity. The new owner, although aware of the car's history, does not appear to have mentioned this when he sold it on himself in the mid-1980s. For this reason the string of owners over the next ten years were oblivious to its Professionals connection - not too surprising given that no Professionals fans knew the car's genuine registration number.

Over the years the car naturally deteriorated and was taken off the road in 1995, the owner at that time intending to restore it. For whatever reason this didn't happen and the chap decided to sell the car "as is" in Novemebr 2003...

A local newspaper carried a "for sale" advert for an RS2000 of 1976 vintage. Not too unusual, except that the then-owner happened to mention the sunroof. By happy accident a Professionals fan - who subsequently became the new owner - discovered that the car was indeed the very same one used in the show...

Close inspection revealed that the sunroof appears to be unique, being an extra-large custom-made job (not, as previously thought, the same design used on Granadas of the time). Most surprisingly it is electrically powered. The other giveaway was the loudspeaker mounted in its sun-visor - still there today!

At the time of this update (July 2004), the car is undergoing extensive restoration work. I hope to be able to publish news and pictures of the project in progress!

The entire Escort range was replaced in 1980 with the useful Mark III hatchbacks but a slide into mediocrity and questionable quality for the UK-built car which Ford have only just started to turn round. After numerous revamps and relaunches, the Escort name was abandoned in 1998 and replaced with the Focus: a car whose startling appearance and improved build quality is helping to re-establish Ford's mid-range credibility.
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here it is in action
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Old 18-04-2007, 19:09   #5
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Old 10-05-2007, 20:39   #6
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What a great bit of history
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Old 15-05-2007, 14:34   #7
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I bet the bloke who bought it could not believe his luck!!
Would be great to see her restored, and perhaps a photoshoot of "The Professionals" stood by her......
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Still undergoing restoration in the West Country, so I'm told. Cars been off the road for many years, with a last change of keeper back in 1999 I believe.
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Very interesting thread and please keep us posted.
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Top read that mate , thankyou for sharing
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Just to add about the capri" a 3.0S and a 3.0 Ghia they used in the Proffesionals they were sold for restoration in the early 90"s to the same buyer could have been 2 brothers I think they lived in Nottingham. They were advertised for sale restored in excellent condition ,cant remember exactly when think between 1995 and 2000 , from memory 3,500 each. Also slightly off topic the white capri used in minder was bought by the Capri owners club chairman in a bad state and restored around 15 years ago, the last I heard he still owned it
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The tilt-slide sunroof appears to be a unique factory-fit add-on but if you take a careful look at 'Rogue' - the first ep to be actually filmed for the second season - you'll see the car doesn't have this highly desirable extra at that point. However by the time the next segment was filmed, 'Hunter/Hunted', it has been fitted. If you consider that the car is not seen until towards the end of this ep, I'm guessing that it was away having the sunroof fitted while Doyle chased about in the Jag. The reason for adding the sunroof was that the dark interior of the car made filming from inside it problematic.
The sunroof was fitted in a two week period by the Ford Press Garage. Alf Benson (workshop manager) and Lionel Sangster (workshop foreman) oversaw the work.

Looking at the filming schedule it was fitted in the following two week period:

'Rogue' filming starts Monday 5th June - ends Friday 16th June 1978
....no sunroof fitted to PNO.

'Hunter Hunted' filming starts Monday 19th - ends Friday 30 June 1978
....car not in episode.

'First Night' filming starts Monday 3rd July - ends Friday 14th July 1978
....PNO now appears with sunroof.

...the reason I know all this 1) I personally know the owner of PNO, and 2) I own The Professionals Lounge forum

Here's the car in 2002 when it was picked up by its current owner:



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My car was used by practical classics back in feb for the professionals photoshoot. Would love a pic of mine and PNO together if it ever comes out again.
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