Lot 248 - 1981 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Supersport
|Odometer reading||2,076 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,000|
The Ford Fiesta is a frontwheel drive hatchback, originally developed under the project name 'Bobcat' and approved for development by Henry Ford II and approved for production in Autumn 1973 at Ford's engineering centres in Cologne and Essex. Although not the first Ford to feature frontwheel drive (the 1960's Taurus produced by Ford of Germany laid claim to that title), the Fiesta is widely credited as being Ford's first globally successful frontwheel drive vehicle. UK sales began in January 1977 and it was available from £1,856 for the basic 950cc engined model. Such was the success of the Fiesta; the millionth car was produced in January 1979. In 1978, the Fiesta overtook the Vauxhall Chevette as Britain's best-selling 'Supermini', although in 1981 it was knocked off the top spot by the Austin Metro. A sporting derivative (1.3 litre Supersport) was offered in Europe in 1980, effectively to test the market for the XR2.
This 1.3 Fiesta Supersport has been the subject of a full restoration having had the body taken back to the bare chassis and presents in immaculate condition. Finished in white with the correct decals and complemented by black/red interior, the quality of this vehicle can only be described as superb in every aspect. Benefitting from a recent engine rebuild, the vendor describes the vehicle as being extremely fun to drive. A very comprehensive history file accompanies the Supersport, including a huge amount of invoices, confirming the restoration and the trophies it has subsequently won. Supplied with a V5 Registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate, and with less than 30 examples known to the club, this cheeky example represents an opportunity to purchase what is certain to become a future classic.
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