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.
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.
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’.
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.”
The sale takes place on July 14.