Lot 334 - 1972 Ford Escort 8cwt Mk. I Van
|Odometer reading||11,763 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,280|
The Mk. I Ford Escort was introduced in the UK at the end of 1967, making its show debut at Brussels Motor Show in January 1968 and replacing the successful, long running Anglia. The Escort became successful as a rally car and eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960's and early 1970's; arguably the Escort's greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally being driven by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola. This gave rise to the Escort Mexico special edition road versions in honour of the rally car. The Ford Escort Mk. I was launched in January 1968 and the Van version followed in April using all new panel work except for the rear doors, which were carried over from the Anglia-based vans. A lowly 1298cc 'Kent' cross flow engine provided the power for the 6cwt and 8cwt versions.
This Ford Escort 8cwt Van is in excellent condition throughout and has been the subject of a cosmetic restoration within the last ten years. The vendor is a film and television vehicle hire company who purchased the van in October 2013 for use in films and TV programmes and, as such, the vehicle has been fully maintained and looked after. This Ford Escort Van is finished in its original colour blue with black vinyl seats and is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in October 2015. These small, commercial vehicles are becoming very sought after and it is unusual to find one in such good condition.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.