Ford Escort RS1800 in silver/gold/diamonds!
Auction is LIVE now, and finishes on 14 May at www.themarket.co.uk. The price is a pure estimate!
'The Rascal', the Lord Ford Escort is the culmination of Russell Lord’s 45 years’ experience as a diamond-mounter and rally driver/enthusiast. The project was inspired by his son Rob, who found the half-forgotten remains of his father’s 25-year-old project three years ago when they were moving premises. He insisted that his dad complete the model Ford Escort RS1800, which has been built as a replica of the Rothmans- liveried car Ari Vatanen used to campaign in the late seventies.
As such, the model has a full roll-cage, four massive spotlights up front, and proper rallying bucket seats. As Russell himself describes it: “This ain’t no ordinary little car. This is a proper car.”
Indeed it is. Measuring just over 6 inches long and weighing just under a kilogram, it is built of gold, silver, and platinum and studded with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Russell says he is too scared to tot up his financial investment in the car but figures over £70,000 have been bandied around - and that’s without putting a price on the estimated 1,300 hours of his life he has invested in it (click here to see the Facebook Page that details the car's build).
The result though, is exquisite.
The bodyshell and floorpans are made of solid silver; in total, Russell estimates that around 75-80% of the vehicle is made of the material.
But the rear spoiler is gold, as are the bonnet hinges; these latter components were probably the most difficult items on the car to get right. Even with his years of experience as a master craftsman and real-world spanner wielder, it took him four goes to get them right but they now open in exactly the same way as they do on the real thing. This one component took him around 80 hours to get right...
The radiator grille is made of white gold and finished with a ‘LORD’ decal in lieu of the ‘FORD’ one the original would have sported. It’s touches like this that make this little car so special.
Talking of special, the headlights are 65-point diamonds. (A carat is 100 points.) The lower spotlights comprise another pair of 75-point diamonds, while the upper ones are well over a carat each. The front and rear indicators are orange sapphires, while the rear brake lights are made of rubies, and the oval rear Ford badge is a blue sapphire. Oh, and the reversing light is a diamond too, but you’d guessed that, hadn’t you?
The Minilite wheels were originally made of silver and held in place with one central screw. Russell wasn’t happy with this though, seeing it as too much of a compromise. So he made them again but this time with four studs, just like the full-size car. Remarkably these are fully threaded, Russell even made the wrench to tighten them up with.
This change gave him the space to make replica brake calipers and discs. At which point he remade the wheels again, but this time in 18-carat gold. The tyres were made for him in Germany, and he chose a Dunlop tread pattern as that was his favourite.
…much more text on our website and the model will be on display on our stand at this Sunday's Petrolicious Driver's Meeting at Bicester Heritage.
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