Wonderfully preserved cars that were barely driven are all the rage with bidders at collector car actions these days. And it doesn’t really seem to matter where the vehicles were sought after when they were new.
A test case will go to auction February 2 when H&H Classics offers a “time-warp” 1978 Ford Fiesta 950 at its first online auction. The hatchback has been driven only 141 miles, having been displayed or stored at The Science Museum in London from 1980 to 2017.
“This is a highly original and authentic Ford Fiesta, go find another!” contends Damian Jones, head of sales for H&H Classics. “This is truly a one off. It is perhaps the lowest mileage Ford Fiesta MKI existing.”
But is that enough to make it collectible? We’ll find out in February.
H&N notes that the car was delivered to an export-specialist Ford dealership in London but had yet to be sold when the museum acquired it for its Glimses of Medical History gallery, where it was part of a diorama showing technology designed for helping an elderly person in and out of a vehicle. The car remained part of that display until 2015, when the museum revised some exhibits.
Because the museum had replaced its elevators in the meantime, the car was scheduled to be cut into pieces to be removed from the museum.
“Thankfully, Darren Wisdom who was working on site in 2017 intervened and saved the time-warp hatchback by constructing a special jig which allowed it to be rotated through 90 degrees and brought down to ground level (albeit with the drivetrain and interior removed to save weight),” H&H reports.
Wisdom acquired the car from the museum and had the cooling system, brakes, gearbox and other mechanical and safety components maintained so the car could pass Ministry of Transportation testing in the spring of 2018.
Wisdom sold the car in June 2018 for nearly $15,000, and now it’s headed to the auction block.