Why can't we have cool things like this in the US?
By Stephen Hurrell, 10 Nov 2015
Over 1,500 people have already signed up for delivery of the new Ford Focus RS but a 30-year-old motor bearing the RS badge will go on sale without reserve in Birmingham on 14 November.
The 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 is being offered at no reserve at a Silverstone Auctions' sale at the NEC in Birmingham and it comes with just 5,568 miles on the clock under its one registered keeper. The unmodified car is described as being in factory condition and does not have a lower limit when bids begin.
It could be of interest to impatient buyers of the new £30,000 Ford Focus RS, which is set for delivery in the first three months of 2016.
The Escort RS is one of 94 cars set to go under the hammer at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. Other highlights include a 1966 Lotus Elan S2 formerly owned by actor Peter Sellers and a 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 once owned by boxing legend Henry Cooper.
The two-day car auction will also feature a 1991 Jaguar XJ220, which is estimated to fetch between £300,000 and £350,000. The Oxford-built Jaguar was once owned by the Royal Family of Brunei and was part of a staggering collection of supercars owned by the ruling family.
Managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “This may well prove to be one of our biggest and best auctions of the year and it’s a pleasure to be able to offer such a fantastic collection of cars once again at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.
"There really is something to tempt enthusiasts of all tastes, so I would encourage visitors to the show to come and take a look at the cars in the flesh.”
The auction takes place over two days on 14 and 15 November, with viewings on Friday 13 November.
Waiting for a new Ford Focus RS order? This as-new 1985 Escort RS is being auctioned with no reserve - Manchester Evening News