A RUSTY old two-door Ford Escort found in a garage is expected to sell for £ 25,000 when it goes under the hammer at auction this summer.
Charterhouse auction house will monitor bids for its classic car auction on Wednesday July 14th at the Haynes International Motor Museum.
And this particular old Ford has a story to tell.
“A day never goes by without a Ford on the road. This has been the great success of the Ford Motor Company,” said auctioneer Richard Bromell. “Ford was founded by Henry Ford in 1903 and became an automotive pioneer in introducing the production line with the Model T, which Henry Ford is known to have given any customer to paint a car any color they want, as long as it is black.”
While the Ford Escort provided the nation with affordable and reliable transportation, the car discovered by Charterhouse auctioneers – hidden in a garage in Dorset – is a very rare RS2000 model.
The first Ford Escort Mk I rolled off the assembly line in 1968. Over the next 32 years, more than 4 million escorts of all generations were made.
Today, however, it is the Escort Mk I RS200 that may be the holy grail for lovers of the blue oval Ford badge.
This model, which went on sale between 1973 and 1975, was popular and it is estimated that of the 5,334 RS2000s that were built, only 3,759 were destined for the UK market.
RESTORED: The car was kept in a Dorset garage
The RS2000 sold by Charterhouse is an extremely rare survivor. First registered in 1975, the car was finished in diamond white and rolled off the assembly line with a cigarette lighter, reversing lights and a heated rear window.
In the past 46 years, this RS2000 has only had 7 owners. The current owner had planned to restore the car to its former glory, but decided to let another enthusiast take over the project.
This is most likely one of the last genuine Ford Escort MKI RS2000 in its original condition that has never been restored for sale.
It is in need of full restoration and is valued at £ 20,000-25,000.
Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this special auction of classic cars and classic cars. Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse team can be contacted for listings in Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne on 01935 812277, email email@example.com, or www.charterhouse-auction.com.