Fast Fords smash auction records
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.