Three extremely low-mileage RS Fords attracted serious attention at Silverstone Auctions' 2017 NEC auction
It’s fair to say that Silverstone Auctions’ NEC sale has become synonymous with interesting Fords or all shapes and sizes making some seriously high prices, and 2017 has been no different. Headline figures this year include a 1988 Sierra RS500 that sold for £112,500, an 1996 Escort Cosworth that made £91,125 as well as a 1980 Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000 Custom that went for £97,875.
Despite the headline figures, the 67 percent sale rate and total of £3.6 million sales puts this year's auction behind 2016's £5.8 million and 80 percent figures.
1988 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
Having covered a little over 6000 miles since it was first sold new in 1988, this is one of the most original and low mileage RS500s to hit the market. Selling for £112,500, bang on its estimate, it didn’t quite exceed the £115,000 that was made for a similar car earlier in the year.
1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux
The first of Silverstone Auctions’ world record Ford auction prices was this 1996 Escort RS Cosworth, which made £91,125. It is virtually untouched with a mere 837 miles on the clock, and has lived its life passing between various collectors. Built in February 1996, this is one of the better equipped Lux models, finished in Diamond White with a Raven Black leather interior.
1980 Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000 Custom
Another Escort, but this time one of the very last Mk2 RS2000 Customs. Complete with immaculate Fishnet Recaros and ‘droop snoot’ front end, this 927-mile and highly time-warp condition car made £97,875.
Fast Ford auction round-up
Aside from these three, other Ford highlights included a track-prepared 1991 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 (£18,000), 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 (£22,500) as well as a 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands (£47,250).
A restored Mk1 Escort RS Turbo sold for £19,688, while a concours-winning example in highly original condition made £44,438. At the much more modern end of the scale, an 18-mile 2011 Focus RS sold for £43,875.
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions commented: ‘The success of these cars proved once again that exceptional cars sell for exceptional prices. These Fords were unique, had fantastic histories and provenance, and really were the finest examples of their respective marques and models. The Mk2 Escort in particular was a simply unrepeatable car – just nothing else like it!’
Other auction highlights
It wasn’t all Fords of course. A pair of Mercedes-Benz 190 SLs were well received, with a 1962 example making £118,125, while a similar 1960 roadster sold for £126,000. We should also mention the Only Fools and Horses Reliant Regal, which eventually sold for £41,625.
A 1968 Jensen Interceptor Mk1, previously owned by Eric Morecambe, sold for £95,625. Around £50,000 was also raised for charity by Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, who both offered cars in the auction.
The interesting TVR Tina prototype remains unsold (and is offered with a post-sale buy it now price of £32,200).
Other low-mileage stars included a 1988 Range Rover EFI with 5500 miles on the clock (£42,750), as well as a 16,000-mile Audi quattro 20v (£69,750).