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Timewarp Escort And Rare Lotus Cortina Up For Grabs

A ‘Time Capsule’ Mk1 Escort and ultra-rare Mk1 Lotus Cortina SE are amongst the exotica to go under the hammer at Barons’ Yuletide sale.

The event at the Surrey Hall, Sandown Park on December 7 will have a fine array of classic and collectors’ cars with the pair of pristine old Fords hoping to attract the eye of Blue Oval nuts.

Classic Fords are often described as being in ‘original’ condition, but the ‘time capsule’ 1970 Mk1 Ford Escort on offer really merits that description. It was bought new in the summer of 1970, but sadly the purchaser died just few weeks later.

The car was garaged until 1974, when the original owner’s widow passed her driving test. She took the car for a drive around the block with a relative –  causing the relative to advise her against driving! This resulted in her giving up driving and parking the car back in the garage. The car has remained there until October 2010, when it was acquired by the vendor.

With just 2600 miles covered, the car is still on its first set of brake shoes, and when the dipstick was withdrawn to check the (original) oil, it was still clean and like new. The interior is mint, as are the boot area and most of the paint and body. The spare wheel has never been used. The original paper stickers on the HT leads are still present with the numbers 1-4, and it has what looks like the spare key code written on a paper tab under the bonnet. Its estimate is £3500-5000.

The sale also features another notable entry — a concours-winning 1964 Mk1 Lotus Cortina SE, one of just 64 Special Equipment models built. It is believed that very few survive, making these cars extremely rare by any measure, especially in prize-winning, fully-restored condition.

The car is said to have been the subject of a comprehensive restoration in the late ’90s and has covered just 8431 dry miles since. It is kept in a dehumidified, heated store when not in use and is the winner of many awards. Finished in the correct white with green flashes and black interior, it is equipped with the correct woodrim steering wheel and sits on a set of very rare BRM alloy race wheels. Unsurprisingly, the estimate for this great Ford is £38,000-£42,000. Come on lottery numbers…

If these two great cars are still not enough to tempt you along, it is Barons’ tradition at its festive event to serve complimentary sherry and mince pies. That’ll do for us!

For further information, or to consign a car to the sale, please contact Barons by email at, visit or call 08454 306060.

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