A RUSTY old two-door Ford Escort found in a garage is estimated to sell for £25,000 when it goes under the hammer at auction this summer.

The Charterhouse auction house will oversee bids at its auction of classic cars on Wednesday, July 14, at the Haynes International Motor Museum.

And this particular old Ford has a story to tell.

“Never a day goes by when you do not see a Ford on the road such has been the huge success of the Ford Motor Company,” said auctioneer Richard Bromell. “Founded by Henry Ford in 1903 Ford became automotive pioneers in the introduction of the production line with the Model T which Henry Ford famously said any customer can have a car painted in any colour he wants as long as it is black.”

While the Ford Escort provided the nation with affordable and reliable transportation, the car discovered by Charterhouse auctioneers - hidden away in a Dorset garage - is a very rare RS2000 model.

The first Ford Escort Mk I rolled off the production line in 1968. Over the next 32 years, more than 4 million Escorts of all generations were made.

However, today it is the Escort Mk I RS200 which is perhaps the holy grail to lovers of the Ford blue oval badge.

On sale between 1973 and 1975, this model was popular and it is estimated of the 5,334 RS2000’s built only 3,759 were for the UK market.

Yeovil Express: SURVIVOR: The 1975 Ford Escort MK1 RS2000
RECOVERED: The car was kept in a Dorset garage

The RS2000 being sold by Charterhouse is an extremely 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 7 owners in total. The current owner had planned to restore the car to its former glory but has decided to let another enthusiast take the project over.

This is quite probably one of the last genuine Ford Escort MKI RS2000s in original condition which has never been restored to be offered for sale.

Needing full restoration it is estimated at £20,000-£25,000.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for this specialist auction of classic and vintage cars. Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse can be contacted for entries at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, on 01935 812277, by email to cars@charterhouse-auction.com, or via www.charterhouse-auction.com.

Yeovil Express: SURVIVOR: The 1975 Ford Escort MK1 RS2000

Yeovil Express: SURVIVOR: The 1975 Ford Escort MK1 RS2000

Yeovil Express: SURVIVOR: The 1975 Ford Escort MK1 RS2000

Yeovil Express: SURVIVOR: The 1975 Ford Escort MK1 RS2000

Yeovil Express: SURVIVOR: The 1975 Ford Escort MK1 RS2000