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‘One proprietor from new’: 1979 Ford Escort Mk2 with a single keeper is being auctioned

The words “an owner of new” are often music to the ears of used car buyers looking for a reliable model that has been well maintained and has a verifiable history.

However, this particular single-bracket Ford family car sale is more surprising than your traditional motor advertisement. That’s because the model in question is a 1979 Escort Mk2 that the driver bought new over 40 years ago and has kept since then.

The car, which has just over 58,000 miles on the clock, is currently on sale in a special online auction. And the target price of £ 12,000 to £ 15,000 means it could sell for about the same price as a new Ford Fiesta.

An owner from new: This 1979 Ford Escort is being resold for the first time in its existence after the original owner – who bought it in November 1980 – kept it for life

The Escort is one of the last Mk2 versions to come off the Saarlouis assembly line in Germany in 1979 before the Mk3 version hit the market, which – to the surprise of many drivers at the time – switched from rear-wheel to front-wheel drive.

This example in the highest equipment variant “Ghia” with manual transmission was registered for the first time in November 1980. The car was likely moved to the back of the showroom to make room for the arrival of the latest Escort model – which possibly meant it was bought with new one at a significant discount.

The website where the vehicle is being auctioned – Car & Classic – even shows that this was the owner’s first new car.

“What followed was years of dedication, care and attention to this example of the once ubiquitous escort,” reveals the listing.

And the remaining description of this neat engine reads like a dream for any collector of vintage and retro vehicles.

The Escort Mk2 is being sold in an online auction on the specialist website Car & Classic. The vehicle is offered to the winning bidder by the individual owner’s family after the owner recently passed away

The Escort is one of the last Mk2 models to come off the German assembly line before the Escort Mk3 arrived

The Escort is one of the last Mk2 models to come off the German assembly line before the Escort Mk3 arrived

The original buyer would have negotiated a good deal with the car in 1980, with the Mk2 model likely sitting next to the sparkling new Ford Escort Mk3 and the dealer wanting to clear inventory of the older version

The original buyer would have negotiated a good deal with the car in 1980, with the Mk2 model likely sitting next to the sparkling new Ford Escort Mk3 and the dealer wanting to clear inventory of the older version

It claims to have been in the garage at all times when not in use and seldom ventured out in bad weather to enjoy a “charmed life” under the sole owner.

Unfortunately, the owner recently passed away and his family is making the car, which he affectionately called “Bessie”, available to the highest bidder.

The model is a four-door 1.3-liter sedan with only 58,366 miles on the clock. That equates to roughly 1,460 miles for each year it was registered.

This particular car is the highest ghia spec that came with some extras that other models did not, including a blue velor interior

This particular car is the highest ghia spec that came with some extras that other models did not, including a blue velor interior

Under the bonnet is a 1.3-liter gasoline engine that starts when you first start it and runs without clinking or alarming bangs

Under the bonnet is a 1.3-liter gasoline engine that starts when you first start it and runs without clinking or alarming bangs

Even the key is the original key that was sold with the car.  The owner meticulously takes care of his escort for 40 years

Even the key is the original key that was sold with the car. The owner meticulously takes care of his escort for 40 years

In fact, the description states that it has covered less than 20,000 miles in the past two decades, though it’s still in incredibly good shape despite fewer trips than most cars.

The ‘UGK 571W’ registration retains its original Stratos metallic silver color and blue velor interior which was unique to the Ghia spec.

It also came with a center console and clock that weren’t available in lower versions of the popular family sedan at the time.

The registration 'UGK 571W' retains its original metallic Stratos silver color which is said to be in good condition for its age

The registration ‘UGK 571W’ retains its original metallic Stratos silver color which is said to be in good condition for its age

Like the Mk1 Escort, the Mk2 version was also equipped with rear-wheel drive - which is why it was phenomenally good on the rally scene.  When the Mk3 model hit the market in 1980, Ford made the bold decision to switch to front-wheel drive

Like the Mk1 Escort, the Mk2 version was also equipped with rear-wheel drive – which is why it was phenomenally good on the rally scene. When the Mk3 model hit the market in 1980, Ford made the bold decision to switch to front-wheel drive

The interior is completely original, the steering wheel and other important controls should be in excellent condition

The interior is completely original, the steering wheel and other important controls should be in excellent condition

Other special features that make it stand out are side moldings, additional chrome trim and a vinyl roof.

The sale includes the original invoices and documentation from the Allen Taylor Ford dealer in southwest London where the engine was purchased.

The owner even retained most of the control disks the car showed from 1980 until the paper disk was phased out in October 2014, and the sale includes a handful of historical photos and the original manual.

The car only has 58,366 miles on the clock.  That equates to roughly 1,460 miles for each year it was registered

The car only has 58,366 miles on the clock. That equates to roughly 1,460 miles for each year it was registered

The single owner of the escort kept almost everything that came with the car, including all instruction manuals and instruction manuals

The single owner of the escort kept almost everything that came with the car, including all instruction manuals and instruction manuals

The owner even kept most of the control discs the car had issued until the paper disc was phased out in 2014.  These were all found in the glove compartment

The owner even kept most of the control discs the car had issued until the paper disc was phased out in 2014. These were all found in the glove compartment

“With one owner, full story, and no questions asked, this is a very rare opportunity to own a truly original, unmolested Mk2 Escort,” explains Chris Pollitt of Car & Classic – the website that manages the engine’s auction sale

The key that was first issued to the car will continue to be used on the vehicle. The 1.3-liter petrol engine starts on the first try and runs smoothly, without any undesirable knocking noises Service ‘, it says in the listing.

Structurally, it is also in good condition. The paintwork isn’t bad either, although there are signs of corrosion, particularly around the wheel arches and wheels themselves.

With a guide price of £ 12,000 to £ 15,000, the Escort could likely sell for about the same price as a new Ford Fiesta

With a guide price of £ 12,000 to £ 15,000, the Escort could likely sell for about the same price as a new Ford Fiesta

At the time of publication, the maximum bid for the car is £ 8,500, which means that the sales reserve will not be reached.  The auction ends tomorrow (Thursday, April 8th) at 8:00 p.m.

At the time of publication, the maximum bid for the car is £ 8,500, which means that the sales reserve will not be reached. The auction ends tomorrow (Thursday, April 8th) at 8:00 p.m.

The blue velor interior is unique in the Ghia specification of the Escort Mk2.  There were also other extras like a center console and clock

The blue velor interior is unique in the Ghia specification of the Escort Mk2. There were also other extras like a center console and clock

Other additional features that make the Escort Mk2 Ghia stand out are side moldings, additional chrome panels and the vinyl roof

Other additional features that make the Escort Mk2 Ghia stand out are side moldings, additional chrome panels and the vinyl roof

“With one owner, full story and no questions asked, this is a very rare opportunity to own a truly original, unmolested Mk2 Escort,” explains Chris Pollitt, Editor-in-Chief at Car & Classic.

“While the RS2000 and Mexico’s have big numbers, it’s the less sporty models in the range that have become and disappeared as the ‘unicorns’.” In its original condition and with all the accessories of the time, this escort will immerse the new owner with a practical and ready-to-use classic as early as the 1980s. ‘

The auction ends on Thursday, April 8th at 8:00 p.m. The current highest bid at the time of publication is £ 8,500 and is not yet in reserve.

If it manages to get anywhere near its upper target price, it would be only marginally cheaper than a brand new Ford Fiesta Supermini, which currently starts at £ 16,645 on the road.

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