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This 1979 Ford Escort Mk2 with one owner from new for sale

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/04/2021 Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk
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The words 'one owner from new' are often music to the ears of second-hand car buyers looking for a reliable model that's been well cared for and has a verifiable history.

However, this particular sale of a one-keeper Ford family car is more surprising than your conventional motor advert. That's because the model in question is a 1979 Escort Mk2, which the driver bought new over 40 years ago and has kept ever since.

The car, which has a tad over 58,000 miles on the clock, is currently being sold in a specialist online auction. And the guide price of £12,000 to £15,000 means it could sell for around the same price as a new Ford Fiesta.

a car parked in a parking lot: One owner from new: This 1979 Ford Escort is being sold on for the first time in its existence after the original owner - who bought it in November 1980 - has retained it for its entire life so far © Provided by This Is Money One owner from new: This 1979 Ford Escort is being sold on for the first time in its existence after the original owner - who bought it in November 1980 - has retained it for its entire life so far

The Escort is one of the final Mk2 versions to come off the Saarlouis assembly line in Germany in 1979 before the arrival of the Mk3 version, which - to the upset of many drivers at the time - switched from rear- to front-wheel drive.

This example, in the highest 'Ghia' trim level with a manual gearbox, was first registered in November 1980, with the car likely being pushed to the back of the showroom to make way for the arrival of the latest Escort model - which possibly meant it was bought with new with a significant discount.

The website selling the vehicle at auction - Car & Classic - even reveals that this was the owner's first ever new car.

'What followed was years of dedication, care and attention lavished upon this example of the once-ubiquitous Escort,' the listing reveals. 

And the remaining description of this well-kept motor continues to read like a dream for any collector of classic and retro vehicles.

a car parked in a parking lot: The Escort Mk2 is being sold in an online auction by specialist website Car & Classic. The vehicle is being offered to the highest bidder by the single owner's family after the keeper recently passed away

The Escort Mk2 is being sold in an online auction by specialist website Car & Classic. The vehicle is being offered to the highest bidder by the single owner's family after the keeper recently passed away
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It claims to have been garaged at all times when not in use and rarely ventured out in bad weather, enjoying a 'charmed life' under the single ownership.

Unfortunately, the owner has recently passed away, with his family now making the car - which he fondly named 'Bessie'- available to the highest bidder.

The model is a 1.3-litre four-door saloon with a mere 58,366 miles on the clock. That works out at around 1,460 miles for each year it has been registered.

a car parked on the side of a road: This particular car is the highest Ghia specification, which came with a few extras other models didn't have, including a blue velour interior

This particular car is the highest Ghia specification, which came with a few extras other models didn't have, including a blue velour interior
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In fact, the description says it has covered less than 20,000 miles in the last two decades, though still kept in incredibly good condition despite having fewer outings than most cars.

Registration 'UGK 571W' retains its original metallic Stratos Silver paint and the blue velour interior, which was unique to the Ghia specification. 

It also came with a centre console and clock, which were not available in lower-grader versions of the popular family saloon at the time.

a car parked in a parking lot: Registration 'UGK 571W' retains its original metallic Stratos Silver paint, which is said to be in good condition for its age

Registration 'UGK 571W' retains its original metallic Stratos Silver paint, which is said to be in good condition for its age
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Other extra features that made it stand apart include side mouldings, additional chrome trim and a vinyl roof. 

Included in the sale is the original invoices and documentation from the Allen Taylor Ford dealership in South West London where the motor was purchased.

The owner even retained most of the tax discs the car displayed from 1980 until the paper disc was abolished in October 2014 and the sale is inclusive of a handful of period photos and the original handbook. 

a close up of a car: The car has a mere 58,366 miles on the clock. That works out at around 1,460 miles for each year it has been registered

The car has a mere 58,366 miles on the clock. That works out at around 1,460 miles for each year it has been registered
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The key first issued with the car is also still in use with the vehicle, with the 1.3-litre petrol engine starting on the first attempt, running smoothly with 'no unwanted knocking noises' - though it would 'benefit from a tune-up and service', says the listing. 

Structurally, it's in good shape too. Even the paint isn't bad, though there are signs of corrosion, especially around the wheel arches and wheels themselves.

a car parked on the side of a road: With a guide price of £12,000 to £15,000, the Escort could likely sell for around the same price as a new Ford Fiesta

With a guide price of £12,000 to £15,000, the Escort could likely sell for around the same price as a new Ford Fiesta
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'With one owner, complete history and no questions, this is a very rare opportunity to own a truly original, unmolested Mk2 Escort,' explains Chris Pollitt, head of editorial at Car & Classic. 

'Whilst the RS2000s and Mexicos command big numbers, it's the less sporting models in the range that have become the 'unicorns' and disappeared. In original condition and with all the accessories of the time, this Escort will immerse the new owner right back in the 1980s with a practical and ready to use classic.' 

The auction ends on Thursday 8 April at 20:00, with the current highest bid at the time of publishing being £8,500 and not yet meeting the reserve. 

If it does manage to achieve a figure close to its upper guide price, it would be only marginally cheaper than a brand new Ford Fiesta supermini, which currently costs from £16,645 on the road.

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