A pristine 1970 Ford Escort has sold for a staggering sum – and it has a surprising royal connection.
The ‘seditious’ classic is a throwback to the golden era of rallying and has been carefully restored to keep it in tip-top shape.
With a twin-cam concept modeled after the engine that powers the legendary Lotus Cortina, the Escort offers additional dynamism compared to its predecessor, the Anglia.
And this particular car is royalty, as just last year the owner was invited to display it at last year’s Hampton Court Concours.
The Concours of Elegance is an exhibition of first class classic cars held annually at the Palace and is patronized by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
That pedigree and the fact that it only has 66,000 miles on the odometer somewhat justifies the Ford’s steep price tag of £59,995.
The listing of auctioneers car and classic reads: “The last owner bought it 75% restored but required a complete mechanical overhaul and estimates he spent just under £8,500.”
“It did such a good job that it was invited to exhibit at the Hampton Court Concours last year.”
“Looks, drives and sounds exactly how it should be – absolutely wild.”
Restoration work included upgraded brakes, contour bucket seats and eventually wrapping the chassis in historically accurate bodywork.
It also nods to its rally heritage with its matte black bonnet, Pirelli tires and domed wheel arches.
Viewings are only possible by appointment with the dealer.
This comes after a stunning 1960s MG roadster hit the market for just £10,000, but it hid an amazing bonus feature.
Meanwhile, an ex-RAF Land Rover has been put up for sale at a bargain price – and it has a very nice perk.