I was at Brands Hatch on Sunday when this race took place, and was in the pits when it actually happened, and was therefore quite close to see the aftermath that included the doors being cut off, Rod Birley extracted on stretcher and what was left of the car being collected up. I was quite surprised so see so many people trying to photograph him at a point that no one even knew if he was conscious or how seriously injured he was. I was also surprised to see people letting their young children watch what was quite an unpleasant scene, though perhaps they were just shocked to see it so up close. Rod is something of a legend at Brands, with hundreds of race wins to his name in that Escort Cosworth, and hopefully we’ll see him back on track soon.
There are a lot of Capris for sale at any time, though few look to be in as nice a condition as this one, and it’s harder to find a square headlight (mk2) model, though I prefer the mk3 myself. I love an X-Pack car, I just think they look so cool, even more so than the standard car. This is a 3.0S model so it’s top of the range too, and harder to find than a 2.8i. It’s currently bid up to £13,400 so it doesn’t look like a bad deal either.
Sometimes buying a LHD car can make for a cheaper alternative or allow you to buy a better car than a RHD version for the same price, which is what I reckon is happening with this MK2 Escort. It’s an X-PAC car and really looks the part, with a good retro fast Ford vibe. It’s fitted with a 1760cc Kent engine with twin Dellorto carbs, along with a few other choice modifications I gather. It’s only listed for £13,000 too, probably with room for negotiation. It’s UK registered and it may well be a bargain for one Ford fan.
The Lotus Cortina is one of my Dad’s favourite cars, and one he’d still love to own. Ideally he’d go for a MK1 car but I’ve got a feeling he wouldn’t turn down this MK2 either. This car has been built as a historic road rally car, the engine was fully rebuilt in 2014 and has completed around 350 road miles since then, so it’s still plenty fresh. The body is in very good condition with a few age related marks such as a crack in the slam panel (which doesn’t affect the structure). It is fitted with two Sparco rally seats though the original seats are included in the sale. The car has a buy it now price of £20,000 but is currently bid up to £15,000.
A track car can be a fantastic thing, but there is something about this project that really makes me want to save this car and make it back into a road car, it could look really fantastic if you ask me. I’ve never seen a Ford XR2 with a Turbo Technics kit on it, but apparently someone did it! It’s had a lot of modifications to make it what it is but it’s been left unused for 14 years which is a sad thing really, especially since this little car produced 280bhp! However the owner has changed the fuel pump and has had the car running, though evidently it needs some work before this goes back near a track. Apparently the car has got battle scars and has had a light roll (whatever that is) so it would need work if you wanted to tidy it up. It’s not had any bids and has a starting price of £1000, looks like a lot of car there, and perhaps it could be even cheaper.
Its another big old American car with ridiculous overhangs but this time it is a lovely Ford Thunderbird convertible that you can easily imagine sailing down the Pacific Coast Highway in the sunshine. Mind you if you’re a UK buyer then I would imagine the road trip to collect this car in Spain would also be pretty great. Continue reading “Auction Spot #13”
I love big old American cars, especially if they’ve got. flathead V8 and classic styling just like this 1938 Ford Tudor. It actually took me a moment to recognise this car as I actually own a Stock car version of this but it looks so incredibly different. Continue reading “Auction Spot #11”