Pricey Blue Oval clas­sics step in to arena once re­served for high-end mar­ques only

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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.’

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The Fords go­ing un­der the ham­mer at Sandown Park in­clude this 1963 Ford Cortina De To­maso, which has a £20-25k es­ti­mate.

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