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Clapped-out Ford Escort left languishing in garage for 25 years is tipped to sell for £25,000


A CLAPPED-out Ford Escort which has been languishing in garages for nearly 25 years is tipped to sell for £25,000.

The 1975 Mk 1 RS2000 model is in a rusty state and is in need of lots of care and attention.

Ford Escort which has been languishing in garages for nearly 25 years

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Ford Escort which has been languishing in garages for nearly 25 yearsCredit: BNPS
The 1975 Mk 1 RS2000 model is in a rusty state

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The 1975 Mk 1 RS2000 model is in a rusty stateCredit: BNPS
It could fetch a small fortune because of its rarity, as only 5,334 RS2000's were produced worldwide

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It could fetch a small fortune because of its rarity, as only 5,334 RS2000’s were produced worldwideCredit: BNPS

However, it could fetch a small fortune because of its rarity, as only 5,334 RS2000’s were produced worldwide.

Most of them were scrapped after succumbing to rust as they were of little re-sale value.

This survivor, which was originally diamond white, was bought as a restoration project three years ago by a retired man in Bournemouth, Dorset.

But he has decided to let another enthusiast return it to its former glory, so he is selling it with Charterhouse Auctions, of Sherborne.

It was bought as a restoration project three years ago by a retired man in Bournemouth, Dorset.

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It was bought as a restoration project three years ago by a retired man in Bournemouth, Dorset.Credit: BNPS
He is selling it with Charterhouse Auctions, of Sherborne

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He is selling it with Charterhouse Auctions, of SherborneCredit: BNPS
This Escort has been off-road since the late 1990s

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This Escort has been off-road since the late 1990sCredit: BNPS
The sale takes place on July 14.

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The sale takes place on July 14.Credit: BNPS

Auctioneer Richard Bromell said this Escort, which has been off-road since the late 1990s, may be ‘one of the last of its kind in original condition which has never been restored’.

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He said: “The RS2000 was produced by Ford at their advanced vehicle operations facility at Aveley, Essex.

“Back in the early 1970s, the RS2000 offered everything you could want in a sports saloon with great handling, performance, practicality, easy maintenance and affordability.

“The RS2000 being sold by Charterhouse is an extremely very rare survivor.

“First registered in 1975 the car was finished in diamond white rolling off the production line with a cigarette lighter, reversing lights, and a heated rear window.

“Over the past 46 years this RS2000 has had only seven owners in total.

“With so many RS2000 MkI’s having been raced and rallied around the roads and others succumbing to rust and subsequently being scrapped when they were of little value or interest, this is quite probably one of the last genuine Ford Escort MKI RS2000’s in original condition which has never been restored to be offered for sale.”

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The sale takes place on July 14.

Auctioneer Richard Bromell said it may be 'one of the last of its kind in original condition'

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Auctioneer Richard Bromell said it may be ‘one of the last of its kind in original condition’Credit: BNPS
Over the past 46 years this RS2000 has had only seven owners in total

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Over the past 46 years this RS2000 has had only seven owners in totalCredit: BNPS
The RS2000 being sold by Charterhouse is an extremely very rare survivor

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The RS2000 being sold by Charterhouse is an extremely very rare survivorCredit: BNPS
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