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Which Of These 12 Classic Fast Fords Would You Buy?​

It’s not often that so many classic Ford performance models come up for sale, but an auction happening this Saturday (10th November) will have 12 appealing models go under the hammer. There’s everything from Escort Mexicos through to a pristine Focus RS – something for every Ford fan. Which would you choose?

Ford Escort Cosworth RS
Red Ford Escort Cosworth

1995 Escort Cosworth RS

This particular Escort Cosworth is very special indeed. For 20 years it belonged to the car’s designer, Stephen Harper, who actually had to buy the car himself. The Cosworth is an aubergine colour and has 80,965 miles on the clock. The winning buyer will get the chance to meet Harper and find out about how the car came to life from the drawing board.

Lot 302

Estimate: £30,000 - £35,000

1993 Escort Cosworth RS

​Or you could have this Escort Cosworth, which has only driven 28,000 miles. It’s absolutely pristine, having been owned by a concourse judge for the last 10 years. In that time, it has only been seen at events, has amassed over 150 trophies and has barely been driven on the road. It’s thought that this is one of the very best Cosworths around, and its value is further increased because it’s one of the first 2,500 homologation cars.

Lot 321

Estimate: £50,000 - £60,000

Ford Fiesta XR2
Ford Fiesta RS Turbo

​1987 Fiesta XR2

For the price of a new Fiesta, you could instead choose a low-mileage, classic XR2. It has only covered 19,000 miles and everything besides the tyres are original. Stacks of receipts and service history back this up. This Fiesta is reportedly very close to concourse condition, so could be for you if you fancy winning Best In Show trophies…

Lot 320

Estimate: £15,000 - £18,000

1991 Fiesta RS Turbo

​If you think that was low mileage, wait until you see this. The odometer of this Fiesta RS shows just 3,882 miles, having covered just 6 miles since its last service in 2017. Before that, the car had been cherished by a Ford enthusiast and then spent a lot of time in dry storage. Again, everything except the tyres is original and as it would’ve been in 1991.

Lot 308

Estimate: £25,000 - £30,000

Ford Escort RS Turbo
Ford Escort Mexico Mk2
Ford Escort Mexico Mk1

​1989 Escort RS Turbo S2

​This Escort was owned by the same person that owned the Fiesta RS Turbo above, although this one has been driven a bit more. It has also been in storage and was treated to a complete service last year. This car has been called a ‘changeover’ car, because it has the 1988 bumpers and spoiler but the redesigned interior for 1990.

Lot 311

Estimate: £20,000 - £25,000

1978 Escort Mexico MkII

​The Escort Mexico MkII is a very scarce car – only 2,500 were ever produced, so buy this and you’ll stand out. It’s been professionally rebuilt by Pinto and has undergone a 3-year restoration. The Mexico was the car to beat in the World Rally Championship, so best wear your Ford bobble hat when you’re driving it!

Lot 316

Estimate: £40,000 - £50,000

1973 Escort Mexico MkI

Want the one everyone recognises? This MkI Escort Mexico is also available, having had a full nut-and-bolt restoration and bare-metal respray. As a result, it’s thought this Mexico is one of the best ever to come up for auction. With the car looking this good, prices are likely to increase even further if it’s kept in this condition.

Lot 318

Estimate: £38,000 - £44,000

Jay Kay's Ford Mustang Bullitt replica
Ford Mustang Bullitt homage
Ford Mustang Fastback

1967 Mustang Bullitt replica

Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay has a few cars for sale in this auction, but this Mustang is the one that’s caught our eye. The 1967 car has been adapted to the exact specifications of Steve McQueen’s car in the Bullitt film. No expense has been spared on this car, and it features the correct Highland Green paint of the movie star. But against the actual film car, which was recently valued at $1 million, this presents quite good value!

Lot 327

Estimate: £58,000 - £68,000

1967 Mustang Bullitt homage

Another 1967 Bullitt homage is part of Saturday’s mega auction, but this one is considerably more expensive. The engine might be one reason why – it’s a 6.7-litre V8 with 575hp and is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. The other reason for its high price is because of the high price spent on it – the restoration has taken 15 years and has cost in excess of $150,000.

Lot 342

Estimate: £90,000 - £110,000​

1965 Mustang Fastback

This Mustang was produced just a month after the Mustang was introduced, making it desirable as an early model. It’s covered just 76,000 miles and has spent most of its time in Denver, Colorado. It also had a replacement V8 engine just 20,000 miles ago.

Lot 352

Estimate: £25,000 - £30,000

Ford Capri 3000S
Ford Focus RS Mk2

1979 Capri 3000S

The Capri has always had a lot of fans – it was, in essence, the UK’s version of the Mustang, albeit less powerful and less reliable. But this desirable 3000S had a professional rebuild just 1,200 miles ago, so you shouldn’t have too many worries about being stranded. Plus, the Signal Orange colour will definitely turn heads!

Lot 315

Estimate: £20,000 - £25,000

2009 Focus RS

Easily the most modern Ford in this auction is this 2009 Focus RS, but it’s fast becoming a classic already. This immaculate car was the first Focus RS available in the North of England, and has since covered under 9,500 miles. It is completely original and looks exactly like how it came out of the factory – the door sills still have the protective film on them! The Focus RS can hit 0-62mph in under six seconds and hit a top speed of 160mph, thanks to its 301hp 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine.

Lot 346

Estimate: £30,000 - £35,000

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