Tiny Classic Ford Escort Expected to Fetch a Fortune at Auction

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Made of gold, diamonds and silver, this Ford Escort costs more than a Raptor, and on May 2 it’s going to the highest bidder.

Although it will never be roadworthy, this Ford Escort is worth a fortune. Why? It’s a one-off 1:25 scale model made from silver, gold and diamonds.

The project has been a slow-burning labor of love for professional jeweller and petrolhead Russell Lord. The owner, over the years, of 55 full-sized Ford Escort cars, Lord first began work on this amazing model 25 years ago, pouring thousands of hours into completing the car.

The body is made of silver and the car also features gold brakes and spoiler, 18-carat gold wheels and bonnet hinges, 18-carat white gold front grille, 72-point diamond headlights, orange sapphire indicators and ruby rear brake lights.

“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.”

 

‘I know this car inside out – so there were no plans. I just built it from the ground up, piece by piece.’

 

Based on the works rally car driven by Ari Vatanen in the late 1970s, the Mk2 Escort, which cost over $100,000 in materials alone, will be sold via an online car auction on May 2, with profits reportedly going to children’s charity.

Details include spinning pulleys on the front of the engine, a moving diamond-encrusted platinum gear stick and the glass windows – that last part involved smashing countless vases to find sections of glass with exactly the right curve.

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