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Rusty 1975 two-door Ford Escort that has by no means been restored set to fetch £25,000 at public sale

A rusty but rare two-door Ford Escort in need of a full restoration could be yours – when you have £ 25,000 left.

The ‘extremely rare’ model RS2000 Mark 1, which dates back to 1975 and is one of the few unrestored versions, reached a top speed of 108 mph when it rolled off the line.

The rundown but highly collectible car has 53,677 miles on the clock and had seven previous owners.

It could be worth anywhere from £ 40,000 to £ 50,000 when restored.

The car has been hidden under a heap of rubbish in a garage in Dorset for years. It is believed that it was last on the street nearly 25 years ago and has been rotting since then.

Its owner, who bought it from a retiree three years ago, has never pushed ahead with his plan to restore the escort to its former glory and is now hoping that someone else will take over the project.

When the car rolled off the assembly line 46 years ago, its diamond white paintwork was immaculate. Extras included a cigarette lighter and a heated rear window.

It will go under the hammer at Charterhouse auctioneers in Dorset on Wednesday July 14th.

A rusty but rare two-door Ford Escort in need of a full restoration could be yours – when you have £ 25,000 left

The ‘extremely rare’ model RS2000 Mark 1, which dates back to 1975 and is one of the few unrestored models, had a top speed of 108 mph when it rolled off the line

The rundown but highly collectible car had seven previous owners.  Pictured: the dog-eared interior of the highly collectible car

The rundown but highly collectible car had seven previous owners. Pictured: the dog-eared interior of the highly collectible car

The RS2000, pictured here in a brochure, was the ultimate Ford Escort at the time and is still used for rallies

The RS2000, pictured here in a brochure, was the ultimate Ford Escort at the time and is still used for rallies

There are very few original RS 2000s, an Mk1 from 1968 is shown here

There are very few original RS 2000s, an Mk1 from 1968 is shown here

Rally has been used by automakers and component manufacturers to demonstrate the longevity of their products

Rally has been used by automakers and component manufacturers to demonstrate the longevity of their products

Ford Escort RS2000 MK 1: In the statistics

Top speed: 108mph

Motor size: 1,933CC, 4 cylinder

Transmission: 4-speed

Horsepower: 110 hp

Auctioneer Richard Bromell said, “With so many RS2000 MkI’s been driven and assembled on the streets and others succumbed to rust and then scrapped if they were of little value or interest, this is most likely one of the last real Ford Escort MKI RS2000’s around Original condition that has never been restored to be offered for sale. ‘

The RS2000 MK1 was sold between 1973 and 1975. Of 5,334 built, 3759 were made for the British market.

The RS2000 was manufactured at Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) in Aveley, Essex.

For its time, the car offered everything that British drivers could wish for in a sports sedan.

It had good handling, good performance, was affordable, and was easy to maintain.

Even after a production standstill, the car remained in great demand until the MKII versions rolled off the assembly line in 1975.

Mr Brommell said the car needed a “full restoration”. Due to its rarity and the fact that the model is still so sought after, it is estimated to be selling for between £ 20,000 and £ 25,000.

It is sold at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.

The car has been hidden under a heap of rubbish in a garage in Dorset for years.  It is believed that it was last on the street nearly 25 years ago and has been rotting since then.  Pictured: the car's engine, which needs to be fully restored before it is ready to drive again

The car has been hidden under a heap of rubbish in a garage in Dorset for years. It is believed that it was last on the street nearly 25 years ago and has been rotting since then. Pictured: the car’s engine, which needs to be fully restored before it is ready to drive again

The car has 53,677 miles on the clock.  Its owner, who bought it from a retiree three years ago, has never pushed ahead with his plan to restore the escort to its former glory and is now hoping that someone else will take over the project

The car has 53,677 miles on the clock. Its owner, who bought it from a retiree three years ago, has never pushed ahead with his plan to restore the escort to its former glory and is now hoping that someone else will take over the project

It will go under the hammer at Charterhouse auctioneers in Dorset on Wednesday July 14th.  Auctioneer Richard Bromell said, “With so many RS2000 MkIs driven on the streets and gathered together and others succumbing to rust and then being scrapped when they are of little value or interest.  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 will go under the hammer at Charterhouse auctioneers in Dorset on Wednesday July 14th. Auctioneer Richard Bromell said, “With so many RS2000 MkIs driven on the streets and gathered together and others succumbing to rust and then being scrapped when they are of little value or interest. This is most likely one of the last genuine Ford Escort MKI RS2000 in its original condition that has never been restored for sale. ‘

The RS2000 MK1 was sold between 1973 and 1975.  Of 5,334 built, 3759 were made for the British market.  The RS2000 was manufactured at Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) in Aveley, Essex

The RS2000 MK1 was sold between 1973 and 1975. Of 5,334 built, 3759 were made for the British market. The RS2000 was manufactured at Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) in Aveley, Essex

For its time, the car offered everything that British drivers could wish for in a sports sedan.  It had good handling, good performance, was affordable, and was easy to maintain.  Now the car is in urgent need of restoration, as the above picture shows

For its time, the car offered everything that British drivers could wish for in a sports sedan. It had good handling, good performance, was affordable, and was easy to maintain. Now the car is in urgent need of restoration, as the above picture shows

The car is also equipped with a cigarette lighter and a heated rear window.  Even after production was discontinued, the Escort remained in great demand until the MKII versions rolled off the assembly line in 1975

The car is also equipped with a cigarette lighter and a heated rear window. Even after production was discontinued, the Escort remained in great demand until the MKII versions rolled off the assembly line in 1975

Mr. Brommell said the car needed one

Mr Brommell said the car needed a “full restoration”. Due to its rarity and the fact that the model is still so sought after, it is estimated to be selling for between £ 20,000 and £ 25,000

It is sold at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset The owners club badge

It is sold at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset. Left picture: The sticker warns potential thieves that the car is equipped with an alarm. Right: The owners’ club badge

The standard version of the Ford Escort came to Great Britain in 1967 and replaced the successful Ford Anglia.  Although it was available in the late 1960s, it became the best-selling car of the decade.  Pictured: The rusty floor in the interior of the car shows how much work is required to restore the vehicle to its former glory

The standard version of the Ford Escort came to Great Britain in 1967 and replaced the successful Ford Anglia. Although it was available in the late 1960s, it became the best-selling car of the decade. Pictured: The rusty floor in the interior of the car shows how much work is required to restore the vehicle to its former glory

A fully restored Mark 1 Escort sold for £ 65,000 in 2012.

The standard version of the Ford Escort came to Great Britain in 1967 and replaced the successful Ford Anglia.

Although it was available in the late 1960s, it became the best-selling car of the decade.

The car's black hardtop roof is also in poor condition and could be freshened up by a new owner.  The car will go on sale in Dorset in July

The car’s black hardtop roof is also in poor condition and could be freshened up by a new owner. The car will go on sale in Dorset in July

The car was previously hidden under a heap of rubbish in a garage in Dorset.  Its current owner bought it with the intention of restoring it, but never got around to it

The car was previously hidden under a heap of rubbish in a garage in Dorset. Its current owner bought it with the intention of restoring it, but never got around to it

This picture shows how rusty the car has gotten.  Ford is a hugely successful US car brand founded by Henry Ford in 1903.  With the release of the Model T between 1908 and 1927, the company pioneered mass production

This picture shows how rusty the car has gotten. Ford is a hugely successful US car brand founded by Henry Ford in 1903. With the release of the Model T between 1908 and 1927, the company pioneered mass production

When the car rolled off the assembly line 46 years ago, its diamond white paintwork was immaculate.  Extras included a cigarette lighter and a heated rear window

When the car rolled off the assembly line 46 years ago, its diamond white paintwork was immaculate. Extras included a cigarette lighter and a heated rear window

After six years of production, two million cars were made, making it Ford’s best-selling cars outside of the United States.

When production stopped in 2002, more than 4 million escorts had been sold.

In addition to being an affordable family car, the Escort helped make Ford’s name at rallies. The car became the front rally car for the Ford team and drove driver Ari Vatanen to become world rally champion in 1981.

The body of the car is rusty and pockmarked.  The taillights are also missing.  Anyone who buys it will have to spend a large sum on restoring it

The body of the car is rusty and pockmarked. The taillights are also missing. Anyone who buys it will have to spend a large sum on restoring it

The underside of the car shows the extent of the rust that has fallen on the vehicle.  It is believed that the last time it took to the streets was 25 years ago

The underside of the car shows the extent of the rust that has fallen on the vehicle. It is believed that the last time it took to the streets was 25 years ago

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