We love a good car auction, but this one is a bit different. This 1:25 scale Ford Escort could sell for as much as a real one. For reference, classic Escorts go for more than £50,000 in good condition.
What could possibly be so special about a scale model? Well, it’s no kids toy. This Escort, if melted down and sold for scrap, would be worth £78,000. See, it’s not your average Bburago model, being made of gold, silver and diamonds.
This scale replica of Ari Vatanen’s late-1970s works rally car has been a 25-year labour of love for jeweller Russell Lord. He himself owns a sizeable collection of 55 full-sized Escorts.
“It’s been a hobby that I’ve come back to again and again, but three years ago I determined to finish it,” said Lord.
“I know this car inside out – so there were no plans. I just built it from the ground up piece by piece.”
Breaking down the precious Escort
So, where do all the precious bits go? Well, the body is made of silver, while the brakes, spoiler and wheels are gold. The grille is white gold, and flanked by 72-point diamonds for the headlights. The indicators and brake lights are the correct colours, being made of orange sapphire and ruby respectively.
Inside, it features a moving platinum gear shifter with diamonds in it, while the engine pulleys spin as they would on the real car. The windows were a particularly tricky, and involved smashing vases until glass fragments of the correct size and shape were found.
So, if you’ve got the money, this Escort could be an intriguing buy. We hope it pulls in the cost of the materials at least. As for 25 years of man-hours? We’re scared to do the maths for that.
Get bidding online at www.themarket.co.uk on May 2. All profits will be donated to charity.