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Rally-style Fords sell well at Silverstone auction


A “showroom fresh” 1980 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk2 sold for an auction-record
£97,875 ($128,196) at Silverstone Auctions’ sale this past weekend at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham, England.

Overall, the auction generated £3.6 million (more than $4.7 million) in sales with a 67 percent sell-through rate.

“This sporting version of the humble Ford Escort has achieved near mythical status in recent years among Ford fans,” Silverstone Auctions said in its post-sale news release. “It was standing room only on the first day of the auction as the time-warp 900 miler headed a batch of very special fast Fords up for sale at the biggest classic car show of the year.

“A 1988 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 became the second example this year to break into six figures at Silverstone Auctions.”

Rally-style Fords sell well at Silverstone auction | ClassicCars.com Journal
Lux version of Ford Escort Cosworth also sets auction record

The auction house also noted that a 1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux, which had been driven only 1837miles since new, also set an auction record at the sale this past weekend when it sold for £91,125 ($64,343).

“The success of these cars proved once again that exceptional cars sell for exceptional prices,” said Silverstone Auctions’ managing director Nick Whale. “These Fords were unique, had fantastic histories and provenance, and really were the finest examples of their respective marques and models. The Mk2 Escort in particular was a simply unrepeatable car – just nothing else like it!”

Rally-style Fords sell well at Silverstone auction | ClassicCars.com Journal
Three-wheeler was offered with television show provenance

Other auction highlights included the Reliant three-wheeler seen in the British television series Only Fools and Horses selling for £41,625 ($54,250).

Among celebrity vehicles, a 1968 Jensen Interceptor Mk1 formerly owned by comedian Eric Morecambe brought £95,625 ($126,559) while Chris Hoy’s 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia DCT sold for £137,250 ($179,770).

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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