The time­warp French fancy go­ing un­der the ham­mer at Brook­lands

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard Gunn

It’s not new – but it might as well be. A French-reg­is­tered 1985 Ford Es­cort 1.3 GL is one of the star ve­hi­cles at His­torics’ 26 Novem­ber auc­tion at MercedesBenz World, ad­ja­cent to Brook­lands in Wey­bridge, Sur­rey. But you might not want to drive it away, as it’s only done a pal­try 193km, the equiv­a­lent of 120 miles.

The left-hand drive Es­cort was bought new in Cannes by a lady who was left in a wheel­chair by an ac­ci­dent in an­other car shortly af­ter­wards. Thus her Ford re­mained in stor­age un­til be­ing ac­quired by a Bri­tish en­thu­si­ast re­cently. A UK MoT re­vealed only three is­sues: no off­side mir­ror or rear fog warn­ing lamp due to its French spec­i­fi­ca­tion and a faulty hazard warn­ing light, all of which can be eas­ily re­solved. Fin­ished in sil­ver with a blue in­te­rior, the no-re­serve Es­cort MkIII is highly likely to be the low­est mileage ex­am­ple in ex­is­tence.

His­torics' Nick Wiles says: ‘It’s a priv­i­lege to be of­fer­ing such an ex­cep­tion­ally low-mileage car in ut­terly orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

‘We have al­ready re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est and, with the weak pound, it’s sure to wake up col­lec­tors in Europe too, who will ap­pre­ci­ate the value to be gained.’ www.his­torics.co.uk

The Es­cort has been barely used.

Yes, that’s right, just 193km from new.

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