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Tuesday 21 March 2017

Modern Classics: The Redline Retro Collection

Classic car values have been in the ascendant for nearly a decade now and while the price curve of established supercars from the fifties, sixties and seventies has started to flatten out collectable modern classics continue to outperform the rest of the market. The reason? The next wave of classic car collectors has arrived and these are the cars that they lusted after in their youth and adorned their bedroom walls.

Collectable cars

The movement towards modern collectables has been growing steadily over the last five years. Redline customers have increasingly asked us to source the rare and unusual – from the Porsche 911 & LaFerrari to the Audi A1 Quattro and Golf GTi Clubsport S – as the collector car hobby grows. This growth is due in the main to improved access to the internet and the growth of social media as well as shows such as Top Gear & The Grand Tour and events like the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Better access has fuelled interest in great cars over the last decade – as a case in point traffic to our own website has increased dramatically over the last two years with over 30,000 visitors per month now browsing the website and this number continues to grow month on month.

There is one other important factor – a global increase in wealth. Like it or not there are more wealthy car enthusiasts out there than ever before and this increased competition for the best and most desirable cars has also pushed up values. Don’t be fooled into thinking that these buyers are not true petrolheads who simply buy cars to make a profit;  many of our long term customers – dyed-in-the-wool car lovers – are now buying the cars they lusted after but couldn’t afford twenty five years ago for far more than they would have cost new.

Modern Classics - the Redline Retro Collection

The Redline Retro Collection

It may sound clichéd, but to deliver what our customers want we really need to love cars – and that’s how we came to acquire this great collection of modern classics. All low mileage and in exceptional condition, the cars came to the attention of our head buyer and Managing Director Rob Milner over six months ago. Irresistible to any car lover of a certain age, they represented the best examples of the most iconic performance Fords of the last five decades and an opportunity that couldn’t be missed. The rise in values of these cars over the two years has been well documented which made acquiring them even more difficult but six months of negotiations eventually bore fruit. In Rob’s own words;

“It was six months of hard work – but we just had to have them.”

 

The cars

Ford Escort Mexico

Ford Escort Mexico

The Mark 1 Escort was a formidable motorsport machine both on and off the tarmac. Winner of the British Saloon Car Championship in 1968 and 1969, the Escort was also a very successful rally car. The Mexico special edition commemorates the Escort’s 1970 victory in the London to Mexico World Cup Rally.

 

Ford Fiesta XR2

Snapping at the heels of the Golf GTi, the Fiesta XR2 was a home-grown hot hatch that produced 85 BHP  but only weighed 800 KG – less than today’s Lotus Elise.

 

MG Metro Turbo

 

With a mighty 95 BHP 1.3 litre turbocharged engine, Lotus design input and and only four forward gears the Metro Turbo was a bit of a hooligan.

 

Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

 

The Cossie was an absolute performance icon and continues to be so. 221 BHP was a huge amount of power in 1987  – the Ferrari 328 was 270 BHP but weighed 100 KG more. The RS500 was a homologation special converted by Tickford with only 500 built and for the UK market only. Of the 500, only 52 were finished in Moonstone Blue.

 

Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Ford Escort Cosworth

The Cosworth Escort was another car designed by Ford for motorsport and was campaigned in Group A rallying by the likes of Tommi Makinen and Carlos Sainz. Four wheel drive, superb handling and a highly tunable Cosworth engine meant this Cossie found fans all over the world – particularly in the US.

 

Ford Focus RS 500

Ford Focus RS 500

 

Another iconic 500 car limited edition the RS 500 had an extra 50 BHP over the standard RS. All were finished in a matte black effect. Ford found further success in rallying with the Focus WRC. On road Ford were able to demonstrate their performance and handling credentials with the introduction of the fabled RevoKnuckle system which ironed out the handling issues associated with high pwer front wheel drive cars.

“It’s as close as you’ll come to driving a full-spec rally car.” Ford UK

 

There has been enormous interest in these cars – for further details please contact Rob Milner.

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