If you are a 55cm (Raleigh's SM/MD), you may want to try this 2011 Raleigh Grand Prix at REI for just about a $grand even:
It's the same frame as the Record Ace, with a slightly lesser component group, but a VERY nice price. It doesn't have the "TI" paint job of the new Ace unfortunately but at least it's red, including the fork.
Edit: and then when you get a bee in your bonnet for an upgrade you could throw an all alloy 11-spd Campy Athena group on it and donate the old bits to Recycle-a-Bike. Now that would be a gorgeeous bike... and you could still be under $2G!
On a side note I'm not sure why Raleigh didn't assign that old school red-n-black paint to the International, their flagship 853 lugged frame which is absolutely spectacular, FD braze-on and all.