The historic model had only one previous owner, which makes it a “rare opportunity” for collectors. Car and Classic – who sell the car – said the model had been stored and carefully maintained in a garage for most of its life.
The vehicle was rarely used in inclement weather and has only driven 58,366 miles since its production in 1979.
The car, dubbed the “Bessie” by the owner, had tremendous sentimental value to the owner and was only auctioned because of his unfortunate death.
Chris Pollitt, editor-in-chief at Car and Classic, claimed the model was “practical and ready to use,” but it would attract the attention of collectors and Ford fans.
He said, “With an owner, full story, and no questions asked, this is a very rare opportunity to own a truly original, unmolested Mk2 Escort.
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Mechanically the car starts with no problems, but Car and Classic said it could benefit from tuning and service.
The car came with no engine leaks and the exhaust was in good condition too.
The car will be exempt from road tax and MOT this coming April due to the exemption of historic vehicles.
They said small areas of corrosion were limited to the outer wheel arch, while noting that the headlights had deteriorated slightly.
Inside, the model is still in excellent condition with no signs of damage to the seats, dashboard or carpets.
In addition to the car, the sellers receive the huge history file that the owner has carefully kept in order.
The original sales documents for the model as well as a bundle of former TÜV certificates and control disks are also included.
The user manual and the accessories brochures are also included in addition to accessories for the aftermarket such as mud flaps and reflective door guards.
The Ford Escort sale begins today and will run through an online auction for seven days.
Car and Classic added, “Of course the Escort also has a reputation for being a fun ride, with the bonus of low running costs, great parts, and availability of support.
“It must also be mentioned that the values of the RWD Ford Escort are considered a safe investment, especially for cars that offer this level of originality.
“This particular example means that thanks to owner status, low mileage and the potential to update it, we can end this roundup by confidently saying it is practically itself one of the UK’s most popular Fords sold.”