Ford Escort RS1600 Breaks World Record Selling For £70,875

1972 Ford Escort RS1600 sold for £70,875 following a long bidding war, another new world record auction price

Silverstone continued the upward trend for classic car auction amazement as an incredible trio which included a 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 with only 16,898 miles, a restored 1972 Ford Escort RS1600 and a low mileage 1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4×4 all hit top dollar at the recent September sale, Dallas Burston Polo Club.

Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4×4

The 1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4×4 was believed to be one of only six on the UK market and incredibly has a frugal 13,310 recorded miles recorded on its under-used speedometer.

Supplied with a full history, dealer packs and every single tax disc, the fast ford was probably wrapped in cotton wool and never given the drive it deserved.

The ‘one lady owner’ chestnut is often thrown around like confetti, but was actually true in this case, which reflected in the staggering £52,750 selling price (including buyer’s premium), more than £20,000 above its pre-sale upper estimate.

1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4
1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4×4 sold for a new world record auction price of £52,750

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Ford Escort RS1600

The next record breaking sale was a 1972 Ford Escort RS1600, which offered collectors the chance to own one of the few remaining genuine homologation specials.

The car has been restored to an incredible level of scrutiny and dressed in the period correct Le Mans Green paintwork.

Before the wind rushes from those already suffocated lungs, take a deep one – this green giant pulled an even higher price of £70,875 following a long bidding war.

1972 Ford Escort RS1600
1972 Ford Escort RS1600 sold for £70,875 following a long bidding war, another new world record auction price

1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2

Another headliner was a Bordeaux (Maroon) coloured 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 with only 16,898 miles recorded on its clock. The eventual price tag achieved was an eye-watering £86,625.

It was originally supplied to well known racer and collector Don Marsh from Sun International in California and fitted with the Factory Stage 2 185 bhp upgrade (larger intercooler and wastegate shim) prior to delivery.

1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2
1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 – Only 16,898 miles (27,190km) Factory Stage 2 185bhp upgrade – £86,625

Joe Watts, classic car specialist, Silverstone Auctions said:
“To achieve not one but two new world records is a fantastic result for our team.

“Both our Porsche Sale and September Sale saw some outstanding classics and excellent prices across the two days, with our new auction venue at Dallas Burston Polo Club proving a hit with our customers.”

Other outlandish lots included a 1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S, one of only 26 UK right-hand drive examples and finished in rare Pastel Yellow, which sold for an impressive £185,625 and a left-hand drive 1992 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS N/GT ‘Racing Package’ selling above its estimate for £151,875.

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