A remarkable 1978 Ford Fiesta 950 with only 141 miles on its lazy speedometer will go under the auctioneers hammer at a forthcoming Classic Car Online Auction February 2nd 2019.
The incredible ‘bog standard’ Fiesta never been registered and has been displayed / stored at The Science Museum in London from 1980-2017.
Perhaps known as the lowest mileage Ford Fiesta MKI extant, chassis BAFBUM58259 was manufactured in July 1978 and supplied new to Ford Personal Import / Export Ltd of 8 Balderton Street.
H & H reported that the car had remained in the Science Museum since it had been acquired during 1980. Featured within the Glimpses of Medical History gallery as part of a diorama showing assistive technology for helping an elderly person in and out of a car, the three-door hatchback remained on display until 2015 when the floor housing it was closed for refurbishment.
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The car initially became famous when a certain Darren Wisdom, who was working on site in 2017 rescued the time-warp hatchback by constructing a special jig which allowed it to be rotated through ninety degrees and brought down to ground level (albeit with the drivetrain and interior removed to save weight).
Recommissioned by Mr Wisdom (no relation), with attention paid to its cooling system, brakes and gearbox etc, the Ford passed its first MOT test on 19th April 2018. Inspected by Paul Kingham of the Ford GT Historic Register a month later his conclusions were stated as:
“I can confirm that all key aspects of the vehicle are authentic and original including chassis, suspension, steering, transmission, matching original engine and even its paintwork. This vehicle has never previously been UK registered due to it being displayed / stored at the Museum since 1980 when they received delivery from the manufacturer’s showroom and is still in remarkably pristine ‘as new’ condition with effectively just its original delivery mileage recorded.”
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### UPDATE ###
1978 Ford Fiesta 950 With 141 miles recorded sells for £13,000 at H and H auctions.