Ford Transit Mk2 Van 190

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Quite possibly the best Mk2 Ford Transit Van 190 with just 3,715 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Hinged cab doors with drop windows, hinged side loading door, twin glazed rear doors, two speed windscreen wipers, electric windscreen washers, black rear quarter bumpers, rear fog lamp, rubber floor mat, face level eyeball vents, two speed heater/demister, fascia mounted fuse panel, interior lights, ‘R’ Module incorporating; speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, four warning lamps.  Custom Pack options; Rectangular halogen headlamps, glovebox with lid, cigar lighter, engine compartment lamp, intermittent wipe, additional coat hooks, driver’s door stowage bin, driver’s seat height adjustment.  Factory options; Dual passenger seat, ‘Random Stripe’ cloth upholstery.

EXTERIOR
Needing little introduction, the Ford Transit Van has earned legendary status and is without doubt a true British icon.  This incredibly rare and unrestored original Mk2 panel van is quite possibly the best remaining example having covered only 3,715 miles from new.  The factory paintwork to all original panels in Diamond White, (Code FB), boasts a superb bright shine and uniform finish, a far cry from the usual used and abused workhorses.  Minor markings to the large panels are visible upon close inspection, but are utterly insignificant and left untreated as to uphold originality.  Trims sections are perfectly preserved including the original lamp lenses with Ford and England branding, and correct features such as the matt black painted windscreen surround remain.  The very clean underside has never been welded and is free from all but factory wax protection.  Ford Motorsport recreation livery pays homage to Ford’s glorious racing heritage, yet all decals are easily removable without trace.  This is quite possibly the luckiest most pampered Transit in history!

INTERIOR
Trimmed in the Custom optional and rather amusingly named ‘Random Stripe’ cloth upholstery, the seats are in as new condition and entirely commensurate with the incredible low mileage of 3,715 miles.  In fact, cabin space is largely as it left the showroom in 1982 with the huge dished steering wheel showing natural prominent veins and all switchgear as new.  Only slight loosening of the headlining above the windscreen is worthy of mention.  Even the original Ford push button radio remains fitted and operational!  Factory build plates to the nearside door step remain fitted and the door shuts still have factory wax injection marks.  The rear load space is clean, and heavy-duty rubber matting protects the load floor.  Door cards to the loading doors, usually destroyed upon regular use are fully intact with minor marks.  Massively nostalgic and a delight in every respect.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Powered by Ford’s 2.0 OHC petrol unit developing 78bhp and 147Nm of torque, this 190 model is the largest in the range with Gross Vehicle Weight capacity of 3500kg.  The engine bay is spotlessly clean and displays the unpainted chassis stamp, factory wax, plates and original Motorcraft stickers.  Motorcraft service items have been used ensuring this powerplant is exactly as Ford intended.  The engine having been subject to a full recommission process including a cambelt change in November 2017.  The four-speed manual transmission feels incredibly sturdy and tight commensurate with the low miles covered, and changes are delightfully retro via the very long gearstick!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All wheels are the original heavy duty pressed steel items with the twin rear wheel configuration, and each rim is in superb condition with factory stampings visible.  All six tyres are the factory fitted Uniroyal 185 R14C items which have masses of tread remaining, but a change is advisable if regular use is intended.  Dual-line servo-assisted hydraulic brakes with front discs and self-adjusting rear drums operate as they should.

HISTORY FILE
First registered in 1982, the van was supplied to a British Air Force Base in Jersey where it stayed for 9 years until first UK registration on 6th February 1991.  There is even a Defence Evaluation Research Agency journey log sheet in the history file!  Walkers Bodywork of Watford and Stockport were commissioned to carry out the high-top roof conversion when new and their company plaque remains fitted to the rear door and nearside door step.  Forming part of private collections since arrival on the UK mainland, the van spent several years on display at Evans Halshaw Ford in Blackpool before being purchased by Alan and Phil Sherwood, the former being the RS Owners Club RS2000 Registrar.  Having lived a life a far cry from the majority of examples, the amazingly low mileage of 3710 miles and careful storage has ensured total preservation of this legendary commercial classic.  Although fully operational upon acquisition, KGF Classic Cars have undertaken a process of full recommissioning and replication of the classic Ford Motorsport livery of the 1980’s.  Images of this van towing an 80’s RS Escort would draw the crowds at any show!  The decals are easily removable without trace should the next owner wish, leaving nothing other than the original badges and Walkers plaques.  It is hard to imagine finding a better unrestored example, truly special.

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Ford Escort Mk2 RS Mexico

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An iconic, very rare Mk2 Ford Escort RS Mexico in spotless condition.

EQUIPMENT
Two circular halogen headlights, front air dam, rubberised tail spoiler, unique bodyside stripes, ‘Mexico’ decals, two black door mirrors, laminated windscreen, simulated leather covered sports steering wheel, hazard warning flashers, heated rear window, separate fuel, water temperature and oil pressure gauges, padded sun visors, two-speed heater, aeroflow ventilation with eye ball vents.  Optional Equipment: Vinyl roof, alloy wheels.  Accessories:  Easysteer, Retrosound radio.

EXTERIOR
The exterior of this RS Mexico is stunning in every respect and not for the discreet!  Finished in optional and striking Signal Green it has a deep, gloss shine which is amazing and an absolute pleasure to polish.  An incredible photographic album revealing the painstaking works carried out to this former white example and an invoice for £26,500 for the privilege, helps explain the level of all-round detail.  A five-page feature in the September 2017 Classic Ford Magazine tells the story of one owners desire to create a tribute to his first car and makes fascinating reading.  The distinctive squared-up nose styling and front air dam has no stone chips and informs knowledgeable onlookers to the scarcity of this model only built between January 1976 and July 1978.  All the trim is perfect, window rubbers are black and all decals are correct and present.  The underside is body coloured and fully detailed for the show circuit.  Utterly gorgeous and a real show stopper.

INTERIOR
The interior of this RS Mexico offers simple sporting pleasure.  The twin high-back reclining Scheel front seats in Black fabric with head restraints are as new and offer incredible support. The carpets, washable black headlining and door cards are all unmarked with many invoices from Aldridge Trimming Ltd.  All the gauges and warning lights function correctly with the ‘RS’ logo within the five white needle instrument cluster reminding the driver how special this Ford is.  The RS dished leather steering wheel is a desirable Rallye Sport accessory and convenience features have been fitted such as the centre console, glovebox and Retrosound radio.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Cologne-built 1593cc Pinto engine with a single overhead camshaft has been rebuilt by Toovey Race Engines with new pistons, polished crank and a big-valve unleaded head.  The invoice in the history file for this work in January 2017 is £2,256.  Aldon Automotive supplied, fitted and rolling road tuned Weber Twin Dual 44 IDF Carburettors for the perfect soundtrack at a further cost of £1,796.61. A top speed of 108mph and 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds can be expected.  For real enjoyable use, a Type-9 5-speed Ford gearbox is fitted.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This vehicle it fitted with the optional, genuine and desirable Ronal 7X13in Ford RS alloys in immaculate condition shod in new 185/60 R13 Yokohama A539 tyres.  Vacuum servo assisted front disc brakes are ventilated with 4-pot callipers restored by Bigg Red.  Standard rear drum brakes all renewed complete the package.

HISTORY FILE
In 1979 the current owner of this spectacular car, Mr Alan Bradshaw, bought his first Mk2 Escort, a year-old 1978 1600 Sport in Signal Green with a Black vinyl roof from Billinhams Ford in Wolverhampton.  It was his first proper car and although always envious of his friends better spec Mexico, in 1981 the trusty Sport was traded-in for a brand new XR3.  It was more than 30 years before a Mk2 was thought of again and after three decades of business success he allowed himself to relieve his youth and buy the Mexico he had always dreamt of.  This example was registered on the 27th April 1978 and has had just five former keepers.  With only around 2,500 Mk2 Ford Mexico’s made, (source Ford RS Owners Club), this car represents a rare breed!  Positioned awkwardly in price and specification between a 1600 Sport and an RS2000 when new, the Mexico had a very short production run and therefore is now a highly sought after model amongst collectors.  Mr Bradshaw outsourced the restoration of this example and the accompanying invoices for works carried out are eye wateringly expensive with a photographic album as evidence.  Some of the photos also include his original 1600 Sport! The vehicle is registered with the RS Owners Club and a comprehensive history file of all works will reassure the next owner.

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Ford Capri Mk2 1600L

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A stunning Ford Capri Mk2 1600L with just 32,431 miles.

EQUIPMENT
All steel welded integral construction, safety glass all round, rectangular sealed beam headlamps, anti-burst locks, bright bumpers with rubber inserts, bright finish driver’s door mirror, bright metal window side mouldings, safety steering wheel, wood effect instrument surround, water temperature gauge, warning lights for alternator, oil pressure, main beam and direction indicators, heated rear window, aluminium scuff plates.  Factory options; Bright finish passenger side door mirror.  Dealer options; Cadulac bodywork preservation treatment, load compartment cover.

EXTERIOR
This outstanding Ford Capri 1600L is finished in original Signal Yellow, (Code 9).  The delightfully period colour and vibrant paint finish is fantastic with a deep uniform shine.  All panels are original including the sills and date stamped front wings, and factory weld seams are clearly identifiable.  The trim sections and brightwork are in superb order, as is the correct pre blue oval ‘FORD’ badging to the grille and boot lid and 1.6 wing badges.   The glass is etched with the registration number and the inner door sills have the original Ford badges, non-gel replicas, and Cadulac bodywork preservation bungs.  This example will delight and fascinate any enthusiast seeking an unmolested and very genuine Mk2 Capri.

INTERIOR
The interior of this 1600L is spotlessly clean and in fantastic order.  The Black Fabric seat coverings, (Code A1), are fully intact with matching vinyl door cards.  The dashboard with wood effect instrument surround is in perfect order, as is all switchgear and the thin safety padded steering wheel.  All controls, functions and gauges are fully operational.  The original loop pile carpeting and fully intact perforated headlining remain in very good condition, and the seat belt assemblies even have the factory stickers still attached.  The clean boot area has the original Ford jack and optional super rare load compartment cover.  The observant will notice the factory paint code sticker in the boot reads Canary Yellow, (Code XSC 1034), which is correct for a Cologne built Signal Yellow Capri.  A wonderfully nostalgic and comfortable classic Ford interior.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The standard 1600cc OHC engine develops a quoted 72bhp at 5200rpm to offer modern traffic competing capabilities with a top speed of 97mph and 0-60 in 14.2 seconds.  The immaculate engine bay is strictly standard and displays factory plates and stickers as well as clearly prominent wing date stamps and the original chassis stamp to the offside inner wing.  The four speed synchromesh gearbox is light and precise.  A well maintained and low mileage Capri that drives as good as it looks!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted sports road wheels in the correct silver with black infills and centre caps are superb with only minor imperfections.  Matching branded 165/80 R13 tyres have excellent tread remaining.  The hydraulic dual-line servo assisted brakes with front discs and rear drums bring the car up straight and true.

HISTORY FILE
Built in August 1977 at the Cologne plant in West Germany and registered new on 12th October 1977 by Ford Main Agents, UBM Motors Limited of Exeter, this Mk2 1600L has had just three former keepers and covered a verified 32,431 miles from new.  An original purchase invoice made out to first owner, Mr G L Mackie, reveals a purchase price of £3,163.46 less a part exchange allowance of £1,823.46 for his Mk2 Escort 1300GL Estate!  Incredibly, Mr Mackie owned the car until 2001 and throughout his ownership maintenance was carried out by the supplying Ford Main Dealer with 18 invoices in the history file from them.  Furthermore, the colossal and beautifully presented history folder holds a huge collection of service receipts in chronological order along with virtually every MOT dating back to 1985.  There is even a maintenance log dating back to 1978 including entries relating to oil changes in pint measures!

The remarkable level of care and dedication bestowed upon this Capri is clearly evident in both the condition of the car and the amazing history file.  This exceptional example just as Ford intended is unmissable for anyone searching for one of the best unrestored Mk2 Capri’s in existence.

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Mk1 Ford Cortina GT

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A very rare and genuine Mk1 Ford Cortina GT in fabulous condition.

EQUIPMENT
All steel integral construction, safety glass all round, zero torque locks, air extraction vents, childproof locks on rear doors, wing mounted chrome mirrors, bright metal exterior ornamentation, halogen headlamps, single tone horn, painted fascia and upper door capping’s, padded dashtop, aluminium scuff plates, aeroflow heating and ventilation system, twin sunvisors, cigar lighter, oil pressure, water temperature, amp, fuel gauges, tachometer, Speedwell 3-spoke wooden steering wheel.

EXTERIOR
This high-performance Ford Cortina GT is finished in fantastic Alpine Green with the Ermine white flash (Code CM .A).  The paintwork boasts a uniform shine with only minor marks and some micro blisters to the bottom of the front doors and rear valance.  Structurally excellent this example has been beautifully preserved with remedial cosmetic refurbishment and being the later GT model it has the twin combined flasher and sidelamps, full width chrome front grill and the air extraction vents in the rear quarter pillars. The chrome brightwork is in excellent order with original front grill, bonnet and rear badges displaying the faintest of aging.  A wonderful example guaranteed to draw much admiration.

INTERIOR
The spacious interior of this classic Cortina is remarkable, the foam padded front bucket seats, rear bench seat and matching door cards are finished in a luxurious cream leather and remain in a near perfect condition.  The original washable headlining and matching twin sunvisors are in great condition just showing very slight discolouration, with the original Fir Green carpet finishing off this delightful interior.  All gauges and controls housed in a safety padded instrument panel are clear and fully operational and a period Motorola radio remains in situ.  The Cortina aeroflow heating and ventilation system capable of changing the air in the car every 40 seconds, even with the windows closed, is working perfectly and reminds the driver how special this car is.  The stylish Speedwell three spoke sports steering wheel is in fine order and adds to a fantastic Cortina interior, simply brilliant.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The pre-crossflow 1500 cc engine with the GT upgrades of a heated intake manifold, high performance camshaft and dual chamber weber carburettor produces 83.5 bhp and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 12.1 seconds.  Adding to the performance package is an electronic ignition distributor, hand-made full stainless exhaust system and K&N air filter giving this a roughty exhaust note and real sporty feel.  A four speed 2000E Bullet gearbox completes the package and is light and precise.  Fast, fun and fantastic in every respect.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Pressed steel wheels with wide base rims are fitted with immaculate and bright chrome hubcaps surrounded with 175/70 R13 tyres showing ample tread. The single line braking system including front discs with P16 cailpers and 9 inch rear drums insures safe and efficient stopping power.

HISTORY FILE
Built at Fords Dagenham factory in March 1966 and registered on the 3rd May in the same year, this wonderful Cortina GT has only had 5 previous owners.  A model often replicated this genuine GT was used on the show circuit before being exported to Ireland in 1998 to join a Ford collection.  It has now arrived back in the UK and awaits a lucky new custodian and Ford enthusiast.

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Ford Escort RS1600i

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A legendary Ford Motorsport developed Escort RS1600i in stunning condition.

EQUIPMENT
Colour coded bumpers with front and rear overriders, laminated windscreen and all-round safety glass, RS aerodynamic front and rear spoilers, RS1600i decals, Ford spot lamps, remote control door mirrors, RS 4-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel, Ford RS interior with sports reclining seats, head restraints, perforated headlining, trip recorder, tachometer, roof mounted digital clock.  Factory options; Tinted glass, tilt/slide sunroof, electric front windows, central locking, Ford SRT32P push button radio cassette.  Dealer accessories; Ford rubber over mats.

EXTERIOR
The exterior of this exceptional example is finished in Ford Diamond White, (Code B3).  Having been subject to an incredible no expense spared bare shell restoration, the finish to this example is simply breath-taking.  The restoration emphasis being focused on retaining standard specification, the painstaking process included fastidious preparation of the original RS1600i shell, identified by subtle anomalies such as the correct roof drip rail, a distinctive RS1600i feature.  A fully detailed underside reveals spotless components meticulously removed and powder coated, re-plated and refurbished.  The trim items, glass and lights are near perfect including the original Carello lamps lenses, and non-compromising attention to detail even extended to the sourcing of a brand new old stock front spoiler.  A real show stopping RS1600i.

INTERIOR
A near perfect interior benefiting from the same no expense spared mentality to the exterior restoration.  Renowned and respected specialists, Aldridge Trimming, have refurbished the firm and super supportive seats in replica Shark Grey material with Ford RS Logos, (Trim Code 1C), to an as new standard, the condition of which is equalled by the matching door cards and black headlining.  The deep grey carpets are super clean and free from undue wear having been protected by rubber Ford over mats.  Amazingly, the dashboard is completely free from the all too common cracking.  All interior equipment is functional including the original optional Ford SRT32P push button radio cassette and the fuel shut-off system operating lights.  The rear parcel shelf is pin straight and has remained free from speakers cut outs.  1980’s Ford RS perfection!

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with Fords 1600 Compound Value angle Hemispherical chamber (CVH) unit producing a manufacturer quoted 115 BHP.  Mated to the Bosch K Jetronic Fuel Injection System, correct twin coil set up (brand new), and incorporating deceleration fuel shut off, the instrument orange and red lamps illuminate upon deceleration once the engine is at operating temperature and the engine speed is above 1600rpm.  The car has a top speed of 118mph and achieves 0-60 in 8.7 seconds with an addictive and instantly recognisable exhaust rasp.  The pristine engine bay displays a Motorcraft battery and components meticulously powder coated and gold passivated.  The gear changes are light and exact, a pleasure to operate.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 15 X 6 inch RS seven spoke alloy wheels are pristine and correct to the RS1600i model having only one spoke on each wheel stamped with the Ford emblem as opposed to the more common RS Turbo fitments with three stamped spokes.  The wheels are shod with matching premium Dunlop Sportbluresponse 195/50/R15 tyres all round, brand new in 2015.  Diagonally split hydraulic circuits with tandem master cylinder, vacuum servo assistance and 9.4” ventilated discs up front bring the car to a steady halt.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new on 1st August 1983, the history file for this outstanding RS1600i is simply mind blowing.  The colossal history folder contains paperwork and documents dating back to the early 1980’s and also includes the original handbooks, operating guides and RS1600i launch literature.  More importantly, a complete photographic and documented restoration file has been beautifully prepared and presented, one which thorough perusal would take literally hours!  The previous owner, Mr Alan Bradshaw, acquired the car and commissioned only trusted and renowned establishments to carry out the restoration with one remit, he wanted the best Diamond White RS1600i they could produce, no expense spared.  The huge restoration log takes the car right back to scratch and covers everything from bodywork preparation to a fully rebuilt engine and gearbox.  Reputed specialists, RS Classics, were handed the car once more to complete the commissioning process, with a final invoice in the history file dated January 2017 for £2,025.29.  Altogether an amazing journey to bring this iconic RS Ford back to its former glory, with an eye watering outlay far in excess of its value.  A quest undertaken simply for the love of the car is certain to benefit the next lucky enthusiast owner of this amazing car, soon to feature in an upcoming edition of Classic Ford Magazine.

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Ford Escort XR3

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A collectable very early Ford Escort XR3 in prime condition.

EQUIPMENT
Aerodynamic spoilers front and rear, wheel arch air deflectors, colour keyed bumpers, colour keyed remote door mirrors, front and rear overriders, black finish window surrounds, tailgate wash wipe, side window demisters, perforated headlining, coat hooks, vanity mirror on passenger sun visor, cigar lighter, rear ashtrays, front door stowage bins, 3-speed heater fan, coin box, Ford P21 push button radio, trip recorder, tachometer, roof mounted digital clock, two spoke soft feel steering wheel.  Factory options; Opening rear quarters, central locking, sunroof, tinted glass.

EXTERIOR
Finished in the original colour of Strato Silver Metallic, (Code V6), the paintwork is superb with a bright uniform finish and the factory panels remain fitted with stampings visible.  Unique features denote a very early XR3 such as the single washer jet, washer bottle bracket design and satin black painted sill, and whilst debate rages as to exactly how many cars had these features, what is certain is that only very early cars did.  Furthermore, the correct higher ride height prior to the introduction of the XR3i has been maintained.  The trim sections, glass, lights and badges are in excellent order and supplying original dealer number plates remain fitted.  A tiny paint blemish around the wing mounted aerial, a small split to the driver’s door top rubber and slight discolouration to the sunroof glass are visible upon close inspection.  A superb example of this legendary contender in the 1980’s hot hatch war, unmolested and just as Ford intended.

INTERIOR
The original Special Laser fabric trim in Red/Grey, (Code TF), along with the small two spoke steering wheel again relate to the early XR3 cars and have remained in fantastic preserved condition.  The bright colours to the seat fabric are free from fading and damage and the inner foam structures are firm and shapely.  The anthracite headlining is unmarked, as are the door cards, and the carpeting is clean with only minimal wear.  Incredibly the dash has only a few minuscule cracks around the vents, barely visible and is free from the common distortion.  All the controls work correctly including the electronic warning system which monitors brake pad wear, coolant levels, low fuel, oil and windscreen washer level.  Even the Ford P21 push button radio operates!  A really well preserved, unspoilt 1980’s icon.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with Fords 1.6 Compound Value angle Hemispherical chamber (CVH) engine mated to a twin venture weber carburettor, this car sprints along with 96bhp at 6000rpm giving a 0-60 of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 113mph.  The unmolested engine bay is very clean and displays clearly prominent factory plates and original stickers.  Ford aficionados will be pleased to see a Motorcraft battery and correct service items such as Motorcraft oil filter, starter motor and hoses.  The correct 4-speed manual transmission fitted to pre February 1982 cars is light and precise.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Five cloverleaf deep sculptured light cast alloy wheels are in fantastic order and fitted with Pirelli P6000 185/60 R14 tyres showing masses of tread.  The boot area houses the spare wheel alongside the factory supplied jack and brace, and the original parcel shelf is straight and uncut with correct rubber hangers.  The servo assisted brakes with 9.4” ventilated discs up front stop the car well.

HISTORY FILE
Built at the Ford Saarlouis Plant, Germany in February 1981 and registered new on the 3rd March 1981 on a ‘W’ plate suffix, this very early XR3 was supplied new by Ford Main Dealers Doe Motors Limited of Essex.  Just three keepers from new have cherished this example the last being the owner of the very first Escort Cosworth to roll of the production line and also in possession of the Escort Cosworth owned by the designer himself, Stephen Harper.  The original dealer branded document wallet houses all the handbooks, guides, sales leaflet, guarantee cards and accessories brochure.  Furthermore, a neatly presented history folder contains receipts and invoices for service and repair work dating back to the 1980’s to present and includes a recent documented cambelt change.  There are previous MOT certificates and two sets of original keys that work the ignition both door and tailgate.  This outstanding XR3 will appeal to a serious collector or enthusiast wanting an incredibly well preserved, unmolested example of an iconic and fast appreciating classic car that has played a huge part in the history of sporting Fords.

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Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth

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A rare Crystal Blue Ford Sierra RS Cosworth with 54,422 miles from new.

EQUIPMENT
Bodyside mouldings with black insert, polycarbonate bumpers, integral front air dam, heated front windscreen, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, tinted glass, homofocal headlights, headlamp wash/wipe, rear window aerial, colour coded rear spoiler, extended centre console, quartz digital clock, fascia light dimmer, graphic information module, map reading lamps, tilt and slide sunroof, central locking, front and rear electric windows, integral rear headrests, Electronic Sound System ECU2 with power amplifier.  Dealer options; GT Ford 30 alarm system, Ford tailored carpet mats, Ford mud flaps.

EXTERIOR
Finished in original Ford Crystal Blue, (Code U7), this colour being one of the rarest having been in production only from initial launch to August 1988, (Eight months).  The paintwork boasts a deep shine and polished uniform finish with a few careful owner touch-ups.  All factory panels are pin straight with linear gaps and manufacturer stamps can be seen.  The exterior trim is excellent and features such as Anthracite fog lamp surrounds denote an early 2WD example.  One corner of the front splitter is slightly misshapen, a common occurrence.  The glass displays the number and dots dated Securit etchings, and factory Carello headlamps remain fitted with other lenses showing Ford logo and ‘England’ lettering.  A highly collectable early example rarely seen in Ford Crystal Blue.

INTERIOR
The factory standard interior of this truly special example is trimmed in the original Halley and Angora grey velour, (Code L).  This trim arrangement being another denotation of the early 2WD production Sapphire Cosworths.  Protected by fitted seat covers, the supportive Recaro front seats are superb with firm bolsters and tight coverings.  A tiny repair mark to the passenger seat base is just visible.  The instantly familiar driver inclined dashboard is perfect and completely free from any cracks, and the three spoke leather trimmed sports steering wheel and leather gear knob show little wear.  All functions and controls operate including the standard Sound ECU2 stereo system with power amplifier.  A fantastic RS interior.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the standard 1993cc Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) engine with the Garrett AiResearch T.03B turbocharger and intercooler, the racing pedigree of this car is truly evident with performance figures quoted of 204bhp, 150mph top speed and 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds.  The engine bay will fascinate originality seekers with factory panel stampings on the inner wings, front slam panel and bonnet underside.  All stickers and plates remain intact including the service stickers on the intercooler and PDI dots, long since lost on most examples.   The tough T5 manual transmission with 7.5 limited slip differential is direct and precise.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted 15 X 7 RS Sierra Cosworth ‘Lattice Style’ alloy wheels are remarkable with only minimal markings and no rim damage.  Quality Goodyear Eagle 205/50 R15 tyres with excellent tread are fitted all round, and the spare wheel is shod in the original unused Dunlop SP Sport D40 fitment.  Diagonally split hydraulic brakes featuring anti-lock assistance and Teves four piston front callipers offer excellent stopping power to match the performance.

HISTORY FILE
Built at Ford’s Genk assembly plant in March 1988, the third month of Sapphire Cosworth production, this example was registered new on the 6th May 1988 by Ford Main Dealer and RS official agent, New English Ltd of Poole.  The history file is simply colossal and makes fascinating reading, with documentation and records dating back to the late 1980’s.  Incredibly, there is even a detailed maintenance and service log that began in 1992 and has been fastidiously upheld since.  Every MOT has been kept since the first in 1991 to present, along with a huge file of invoices throughout the cars lifetime.  In November 2017 the car was taken to renowned Cosworth Specialists, Harvey Gibbs of Supreme Car Services for a full inspection and engine rebuild at a cost of £3,960.02 to reassure the next fortunate custodian.

Completing the history file is the original book packs including the stamped service book, handbooks, audio guides and dealership sales material.  Unmissable.

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Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth

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A very early production Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth with just 24,608 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Bodyside mouldings with black insert, polycarbonate bumpers, integral front air dam, heated front windscreen, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, tinted glass, homofocal headlights, headlamp wash/wipe, rear window aerial, colour coded rear spoiler, extended centre console, quartz digital clock, fascia light dimmer, graphic information module, map reading lamps, tilt and slide sunroof, central locking, front and rear electric windows, integral rear headrests, Electronic Sound System ECU2 with power amplifier.  Dealer options; Security glass etching, Shurlock ED10 immobiliser system, Ford tailored carpet mats.

EXTERIOR
Launched to the UK market in January 1988, this Sapphire Cosworth was built in the first month of production, January 1988.  Finished in original Ford Diamond White, (Code B3), the paint is preserved and boasts a bright shine and polished uniform finish.  All factory panels are pin straight with linear gaps and even close scrutiny will struggle to discover anything other than miniscule markings.  All exterior trim including the commonly misshapen front splitter is perfect and features such as Anthracite fog lamps surrounds denote an early 2WD example.  The glass displays the original number and dots dated Securit etchings, and the original Carello headlamps remain fitted with other lenses showing Ford logo and ‘England’ lettering.  Supplying dealer number plates, rear screen sticker and tax disc holder have been retained.  Without question one of the best unrestored examples in existence.

INTERIOR
The factory standard interior of this truly special example is trimmed in the original Halley and Angora grey velour, (Code L).  This trim arrangement being another denotation of the early 2WD production Sapphire Cosworths prior to the introduction of Shadow Halley/Raven velour and optional Raven Leather in February 1989.  The supportive Recaro front seats are flawless with firm bolsters and tight coverings, commensurate with the very low mileage.  A tiny amount of shrinkage to the driver’s door card can only just be seen.  The instantly familiar driver inclined dashboard is perfect and completely free from any cracks, and the three spoke leather trimmed sports steering wheel and leather gear knob show natural veins.  All functions and controls operate including the standard Sound ECU2 stereo system with power amplifier.  A fantastic RS interior, the ultimate combination of sporting prowess and spacious executive luxury.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the standard 1993cc Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) engine with the Garrett AiResearch T.03B turbocharger and intercooler, the racing pedigree of this car is truly evident with performance figures quoted of 204bhp, 150mph top speed and 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds.  The engine bay will fascinate originality seekers with factory panel stampings on the inner wings, front slam panel and bonnet underside.  All stickers and plates remain intact including the service stickers on the intercooler, long since lost on most examples.   The tough T5 manual transmission with 7.5 limited slip differential is direct and precise, just as you would expect from the low mileage covered.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted and unrestored 15 X 7 RS Sierra Cosworth ‘Lattice Style’ alloy wheels are remarkable with only minimal markings and one scratch to the offside front rim edge.  The part numbers and raised stampings are prominent and show clear definition, a feature lost upon the usual refurbished items.  Quality Dunlop SP Sport 205/50 R15 tyres with excellent tread are fitted all round, and the spare wheel is shod in the original unused Dunlop SP Sport D40 fitment.  Diagonally split hydraulic brakes featuring anti-lock assistance and Teves four piston front callipers offer excellent stopping power to match the performance.

HISTORY FILE
Built at Ford’s Genk assembly plant in January 1988, the first month of Sapphire Cosworth production, this example was registered new on the 12th February 1988 by Ford Main Dealer and RS official agent, Charles King of Bedford.  The first owner was a Mr Ronald Shepherd, proprietor of specialist’s RS Engineering in Buckinghamshire.  An avid Ford RS enthusiast and expert, Mr Shepherd was determined to acquire a brand new Sapphire Cosworth and attended the launch party at Charles Wells Ford on the 11th February 1988 to secure his order.  He even kept in the history file newspaper cuttings advertising the launch party and other articles covering the event afterwards!  The new vehicle sales invoice made out to Mr Shepherd confirms the price paid of £19,300.

The history file is fantastic and includes the original Charles King Ford A5 wallet with original service book, handbooks, guides and POS literature, and despite the incredibly low mileage, the service book contains nine stamped entries.  The most recent entry in November 2017 with supporting invoice is from renowned Cosworth specialist Harvey Gibbs of Supreme Car Services whereby a service and brake overhaul was carried out.  There is a documented timing belt change in 2015 at 23,844 miles.  Completing the comprehensive history file is every MOT certificate completed from the first in 1991 to the current in November 2017 along with service invoices and receipts.  Articles of this car covered in classic car publications, original sales brochure and two Ford keys with Charles Wells fob complete the history file.  Representing an incredibly well-preserved example of what is now firmly established as collectable Ford RS product, KGF Classic Cars are privileged to offer this genuine 24,608 mile example ready for the next custodian.

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Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico

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An award winning early AVO Ford Escort Mexico with full history from new.

EQUIPMENT
Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) heavy-duty Type 49 bodyshell, front quarter bumpers, flared wheel arches, strengthened chassis rails, strengthened flitch plates, reinforced front suspension strut top mounting plates, rear radius rods, rear stone deflector plate, safety glass, anti-burst locks, black painted aluminium grille, Springalex steering wheel, six pod sports binnacle, heater fan, two speed wiper, courtesy light, washable plastic headlining.  Factory fitted options; Cigarette lighter.

EXTERIOR
This outstanding enthusiast owned example is finished in desirable Electric/Monza Blue, (Code U), and the highly detailed finish to the paintwork is truly breath-taking.  The spotless underside enjoys the absence of underseal to showcase the incredibly straight and structurally perfect Type 49 shell with AVO workmanship laid bare for all to see.  Finishing second in Class Mexico at the Ford AVO Owners Club National Day in 2017 reveals the high standard this example enjoys.  Correct features such as the Lucus 75/50w 7in circular sealed beam headlight units only fitted to early cars and twin-wire Trico Speedblade wipers will please purists.  The white striped Mexico decals are perfect and in accordance with the stripes have the 1600GT wing badges and colour coded petrol cap. The front chrome quarter bumpers and correct straight rear bumper without the cutout is as new.   An extraordinary example in every respect and very special.

INTERIOR
The standard early Mexico had black PVC L-spec seats with vertical stitching, (Code AA), and the original factory seats in this car along with the rest of the interior is amazing.  The fully functional instrument cluster comprising of the 140mph speedometer and rev counter marked to 8000rpm is the correct type for an early Mexico along with the raised Ford oval badge on the passenger sill and the grey dipping rear view mirror.  As with the Twin Cam, RS1600 and pre-October 1972 Mexicos, the battery is in the pristine boot area with the original blue jack neatly wrapped in the hessian bag.  Factory correct and one for the perfectionist.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This matching numbers 1599cc 4-cylinder Crossflow engine is remarkable in both its condition and factory originality.  Producing 86bhp, 0-60mph is 10.7 seconds and a top speed over 100mph is quoted.  It has the correct cast iron 711M cylinder block and the AC oval metal air cleaner housing is finished in the correct hammered silver colour as per early cars.  The combined brake/clutch reservoir attached to pre-October 1972 Mexicos still sits correctly on the upper bulkhead along with the off-white cheese wedge washer bottle.  The gearbox is a close-ratio all-synchromesh design with heavy-duty three-rail shift and remote-control leaver to ensure a positive change.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Immaculate pressed steel wheels with chrome caps of 5.5x13in dimensions have the cooling slots only fitted to early Mexicos between June 1971 and September 1972 and are shod in new Michelin Energy 165/70 R13 tyres.  The Girling Powerstop AHV 550 Mk2A servo, also only fitted to the early cars, helps grip the 9.625in front discs and 9.00in rear drums to offer assured braking performance.

HISTORY FILE
Built at Fords Advanced Vehicle Operations facility in Aveley in October 1971 this vehicle incredibly has a fully traceable ownership history from new and throughout just three former keepers.  Supplied by Ford Main Dealers and Rallye Sport Centre, John Willment (Mitcham) Ltd, to a Mr Edward William Palmer on the 11th November 1971.  Mr Palmer cherished the vehicle until July 1989 before selling the car to Mr Mark Lawrence Dent for £1350.  A letter between the two owners is within the comprehensive history file.  Mr Dent again cherished the car until May 2008 before selling it to Mr Dean David Carey who sold the car in August 2009 to the final keeper, Glenn Gray.  Mr Gray, a knowledgeable Ford fanatic, decided to embark on a sympathetic restoration preserving all the correct components and entrusting industry experts such as Charlie Chisholm from CWC Restorations to carry out the work.  As a testament to the excellent standard this car is in, it was awarded second in Class Mexico at the 2017 Ford AVO Owners Club National Day.

The history file is phenomenal with virtually every MOT from new, all handbooks and even the original service book!  A substantial number of invoices and sales literature from new is included along with two sets of keys and even the metal key tag number.  A recent seven page feature in Retro Ford Magazine November 2017 is included.  This really is one of the best Ford Escort Mexicos in existence.

Ford Fiesta MK1 XR2

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An iconic Ford Fiesta Mk1 XR2 with just 70,690 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Louvred design radiator grille with aerofoil section, aerodynamic front and rear black spoilers, black wheelarch extensions, twin body coloured doors mirrors, special XR2 bodyside decal treatments, extended black window surround paint, storage compartment under rear-floor, two speed plus intermittent wipe, tailgate wash/wipe, heated rear window, tachometer, trip recorder, driving lamps, soft feel steering wheel, perforated ‘Cool Black’ headlining, digital header mounted clock, cigar lighter, illuminated interior controls. Dealer fitted: Audioline cassette player, immobiliser.

EXTERIOR
This sporting Fiesta is finished in striking Strato Silver, (Code V6) and boasts a uniform, polished shine throughout.  All panels are straight with linear gaps and only tiny touched in chips to the bonnet, a small blemish to the tailgate and marks to the tape stripe are worthy of mention.  This car has been a successful entrant in the XR Owners Club Concours D’Elegance with judging forms proving the high scores and top rankings.  The factory standard trim sections and bumpers are free from markings and all rubbers are soft and black.  All glass is number plate etched and the correct Ford Hella rear lamps and Lucus H4 headlamps are fitted. A rare vehicle itself, and rarely surpassed in this condition.

INTERIOR
The interior in this remarkable example remains in beautiful condition and largely as Ford intended other than a period Audioline cassette player and period alarm.  The ‘Storm’ and Crushed Velour interior in Shark Grey, (Code KW), is immaculate and free from tears, rips or discolouration.  The red laser line around the console is bright and unbroken and the soft finish dashboard is perfect.  The Shark Grey loop pile carpet is spotless having been protected by carpet mats and the Grey Mylar sidewall and rear quarter finishers are pristine.  All switchgear is functional and the original trimmed parcel shelf is intact, straight and complete with the correct rubber hangers.  A delightfully period unspoilt interior, reminiscent of the 1980’s hot hatch phenomenon.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The time proven transverse mounted 1600 OHV engine with Weber twin-venturi carburettor develops an ample 84BHP which in such a lightweight and nimble car helps achieve a top speed of 105mph and 0-60 in 9.3 seconds.  The standard specification automatic choke and electronic ignition are both present and the noise from the standard rear Ford exhaust is unmissable.  All factory stickers and identification plates are visible within a very clean engine bay.  The four speed synchromesh gearbox with remote shift is light and exact, a joy to use.  A real ‘smile on your face’ experience.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Special ‘pepperpot’ 13” X 6” alloys wheel with ultra low profile branded 185/60HR13 tyres adorn the car and amazingly have never been refurbished.  A few markings are visible.  The spare alloy wheel sits in the boot wheel housing which incorporates the correct ‘bulged’ rear lower valance designed to accommodate the enlarged alloy wheel compared with lower Fiesta models.  The dual line servo assisted brakes with ventilated 9.4” front discs and 7.0” rear drums bring the car up to a steady, straight and assured halt.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new on 11th August 1982 by Ford Main Dealers Central Garage Hucknall Ltd, this enthusiast owned example has only ever had five former keepers.  All the handbooks, instruction guides and original service book are neatly contained within two A4 folders brimmed with history.  This comprises of old MOT certificates, tax discs, invoices, XR Owners Club material and entrance cards to various shows where the car was a main exhibit.  As a memento of its previous success on the show circuit a number of scored judging forms are included.  Last sold by KGF Classic Cars to a discerning Ford collector we are proud to be able to offer this vehicle again to the next lucky custodian.

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