TINY-MILE COSWORTH SET TO SMASH RECORDS AT NEC
Silverstone Auctions’ as-new Escort RS Lux could fetch up to £95,000
‘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.