RISING VALUES LEAD TO NEW ALL-FORD SALE
Pricey Blue Oval classics step in to arena once reserved for high-end marques only
The auction market is embracing the huge interest currently surrounding classic Fords. Barons is launching its first Blue Oval single-marque sale at Sandown Park Exhibition Park, Surrey on 29-30 April, and although the lot list hadn’t been filled as we closed for press, the auction house has promised that there will be plenty of interesting cars at the event. ‘We like to move with the market,’ says a spokesman for Barons. ‘Where values for classics such as the Jaguar E-type are slowing down, you only have to look at the two-door Escorts to see how manic the prices are getting.'
A classic car auctioneer is so confident in the market’s appetite for Fords that it has decided to hold a sale dedicated entirely to blue oval-badged buys.
Barons is holding the single marque sale at the International Ford Show at Sandown Park on 29-30 April. Among the Fords being sold at the Surrey venue are an Italian-market 1963 Cortina De Tomaso, a 1969 Cortina Crayford Deluxe convertible and a 1991 Escort RS Turbo.
Auction director Tony Cavill says the Ford auction follows the success of similar single-marque auctions held at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast Club’s rallies.
‘Fords are going up rapidly in value because they’re getting so much interest at the moment – where cars like the E-type are slowing down on the market, you only have to look at cars like the Lotus Cortina and two-door Escorts to see how manic the prices are getting,’ says Tony.
‘We’ve already got quite a few special cars on the list and they’re getting a lot of interest – and there are more on the way. We like to move with the market and a targeted sale like this where there’s a ready made audience for these cars is a great opportunity for everyone.’
The Capri 280 Register is one of the clubs reporting a resurgence in interest in its cars, particularly in the run-up to its 30th anniversary meet at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire, on 17 July. ‘The Capri 280 that sold for £54k at auction is the one that’s really got people talking later, but you only have to look at the prices of cars like the Sierra Cosworth to see that there’s a lot of interest in Fords at the moment,’ says a club spokesman. ‘Certain cars have hit the mark but it’s not the case with all Fords – we’re really surprised that the Puma still hasn’t taken off, for example’
CCW markets editor Richard Barnett says Barons’ decision to host a Ford-only auction at a marque-specific event follows the success Bonhams has had with its Aston Martin auctions and Silverstone Auctions with its Porsche sales. ‘No one can fail to have missed the sudden value hikes in performance Fords, so Barons couldn’t have timed its sale better,’ he says.
‘With performance Ford Escorts, Fiestas, Capris and even later Focus derivatives being snapped up left right and centre in the UK market, there’s never been a better time to be selling.’
The Fords going under the hammer at Sandown Park include this 1963 Ford Cortina De Tomaso, which has a £20-25k estimate.