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Fords set new records at auction

Published 05 October 2018

A restored 1972 Ford Escort RS1600 and a low-mileage 1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4 set new records at auction this month. Both the cars went under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ September sale.

The Escord offered collectors the chance to own one of the few remaining genuine homologation specials. Fully restored to an extremely high standard and finished in period correct Le Mans Green paintwork, the immaculate example was bought for £70,875 following a long bidding war.

The seond record breaker was elieved to be one of the first six examples available on the UK market, the 1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4 was presented in original condition reading just 13,310 recorded miles.

With just one lady owner since new and supplied at auction with a complete history file including the supplying dealer book packs and every tax disc and MoT certificate, the highly collectible fast Ford sold for £52,750 including buyer’s premium, more than £20,000 above its pre-sale upper estimate.

1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x 4 600px (1)

Other highlights of the September Sale included a pre-production 1982 Audi Quattro Coupe, believed to be the first UK right-hand drive example, which sold for £49,500 in original, recommissioned condition after 20 years in storage. A rare, original condition 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 in left-hand drive and reading just 16,898 miles far exceeded its guide price selling for £86,625, more than £16,000 above its lower estimate.

A UK-supplied, right-hand drive 1971 Maserati Indy 4.7 America stood out among the traditional classics on offer, selling for more than £10,000 above its estimate at £60,750, while a limited edition 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640-4 'Versace' was the star of the future classics at the sale, selling to a bidder in the room for £157,500.


Don1988    on 14 October 2018

Wonderful looking cars. I remember my friend driving 3 of us up to Carlisle for a wedding in a Rover 800 series sportback.

It was 1991 - pre speed cameras - and he was absolutely canning it because we wanted to arrive before pub closing time (how silly but we were all young).

I was acting as lookout on the M6 for motorway patrol cars but back in the distance I saw a car very slowly gaining on us - no flashing lights.

Eventually it caught us and overtook. It was a white Ford Sierra Cosworth - however my friend said that his foot wasn't to the floor - but perhaps the Cosworths driver's wasn't either - but I'm sure it's ultimate top end was higher.

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