Fast Fords smash auc­tion records

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - ❚ ❚ sil­ver­stoneauc­ Auc­tions, page 35

A 1972 Es­cort RS1600 and a 1990 Sierra Sap­phire Cos­worth 4x4 achieved world record prices at Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ 27-28 Septem­ber sale at Dal­las Burston Polo Club.

The re­stored Es­cort with pe­ri­od­cor­rect Le Mans Green paint­work, fetched £70,875 af­ter what Sil­ver­stone de­scribed as a ‘long bid­ding war’.

The Sierra Sap­phire Cos­worth 4x4, mean­while, which had 13,310 miles on the clock, one lady owner from new and a com­plete his­tory file, went for £52,750 – £20,000 more than its pre-sale up­per es­ti­mate. Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ clas­sic car spe­cial­ist, Joe Watts, said: ‘To achieve not one, but two new world records is a fan­tas­tic re­sult for our team.’

mar­ket spe­cial­ist, Richard Bar­nett, reck­ons that the top of the fast Ford mar­ket is still strong, de­spite what other sales re­sults might have sug­gested. He said: ‘While the fast Ford brouhaha has started pack­ing its bags to leave the room, top-con­di­tion per­for­mance Blue Ovals will con­tinue to make the right money.

‘The one-lady owner Sierra was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial thanks to its low mileage, great con­di­tion and good his­tory, while the RS1600 was in beau­ti­ful or­der and a real mem­o­ry­jerker for those of us – like me – who re­mem­ber these cars when they were new.’

Orig­i­nal Sap­phire Cos­worth 4x4 (be­low) made £52,750.

Ex­ten­sively re­stored RS1600 hit £70,875.

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