TINY-MILE COS­WORTH SET TO SMASH RECORDS AT NEC

Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ as-new Es­cort RS Lux could fetch up to £95,000

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

‘It’s like it’s just come out of the show­room. I’ve never seen an Es­cort quite like it’ ADAM RUT­TER, SALES MAN­AGER

A1996 Ford Es­cort RS Cos­worth that has clocked up just 837 miles will be up for sale at Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ 11-12 Novem­ber sale at the Lan­caster In­surance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show.

Es­ti­mated to fetch £85,000– 95,000, the car could well set a new record for RS Cos­worths – the NEC auc­tion has seen many records bro­ken in pre­vi­ous years.

A late model Lux edi­tion, the car was sup­plied new by Dees Ford of Croy­don in Fe­bru­ary 1996 be­fore go­ing straight into stor­age.

The oc­ca­sional mag­a­zine pho­to­shoot has been the Ford’s only real time out on the road, hav­ing changed hands be­tween two Ford col­lec­tors dur­ing its 21 years.

Re­mark­ably, the trip odome­ter has never once been ze­roed in the car’s life, and cur­rently shows an iden­ti­cal read­ing to that of the over­all recorded mileage.

The un­marked Raven Black leather in­te­rior still has a ‘new car’ smell, and the car is said to be in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion over­all. The fac­tory Wax­oyl is still vis­i­ble be­neath the Di­a­mond White body­work and the car wears its orig­i­nal Pirelli tyres. The only sig­nif­i­cant de­vi­a­tion from the car’s orig­i­nal­ity is the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, which was changed to a dif­fer­ent ‘P’ pre­fix num­ber at some point in its his­tory for rea­sons un­known.

Sales man­ager at Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions, Adam Rut­ter, says: ‘It looks new. It smells new. It’s like it’s just come out of the show­room. Get­ting into this car is like tak­ing a step back in his­tory when the Group A ver­sions were set­ting the rally world alight. I’ve never seen an Es­cort Cos­worth quite like it.’ ❚ sliv­er­stoneauc­tions.com

Cos­worth is a late­model car fit­ted with the smaller, less lag­prone Gar­rett turbo.

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