Ford Escort driven by F1 legend sells for record amount 0

A 1968 Mk1 Ford Escort form 1968 has sold at auction for an eye-watering £203, 100.

The Escort is the second largest seller in UK car history; more than four million were sold over a 35 year period.

It was also responsible for revolutionising rallying, the Escort being one of the most successful track vehicles. The car above – auctioned by Bonhams – was capable of over 150 mph and was one of six vehicles that were loaned to the Alan Mann Racing Team in 1968 for the purposes of competing in the British and European Touring Car Championships.

The sale took place at the recent Goodwood Members’ Meeting and had a guide sale price of £200,000 to £250,000 and ended up selling for £203,100.

This beat the previous record for a Ford Escort at auction of £140,000.

Tim Schofield, head of motoring at Bonhams, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to achieve such a great price for the Escort, and for it to be an auction record is even more exciting.

“With its links to the Alan Mann team and the Ford factory, it was not surprising that it was a popular lot on the day. We feel that the price it achieved reflects its significance in the motoring world.”

The Escort was used as a spare car for the 1968 championship and was occasionally driven by future Le Mans and F1 driver Jackie Oliver.

It subsequently spent some time in the Caribbean where it stayed until 2010, when it came home to the UK.

The interior of the Escort has been stripped back to its basics and features just a single racing seat, roll cage, steering wheel, gear stick and switchgear.

As a result, the 49-year-old motor weighs just 878kg.

Under the hood of the road-legal Escort is a 240bhp engine giving it a top speed of around 150mph. The 1.6-litre engine also gives it a 0-60mph time of seven seconds.

It also has special ‘bubble’ arches to house the larger rear wheels.

The Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting recorded total sales of £5,616,480.

Other interesting cars offered included Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1913 Talbot which sold for £169,500 and a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre which went for £281,000.

James Knight, group motoring chairman at Bonhams, said: “We are delighted to see that our Members’ Meeting sale is going from strength to strength.

“As our first Goodwood sale of the season, it was exciting to see so many of the lots selling and such an enthusiastic crowd in the marquee.

“With lots ranging from Edwardian hill-climbers to 21st century sports cars, Bonhams offering was typically diverse.”

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