1991 Ford Escort Mk5 Ghia

MODELEscort Mk5 Ghia

1991 Ford Escort Mk5 Ghia

  • Two owners
  • 40,000 warranted miles
  • Part of a small collection
  • Dry stored for 15 years
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  • Two owners
  • 40,000 warranted miles
  • Part of a small collection
  • Dry stored for 15 years

The Ford Escort has become a British motoring legend. In 1990 the Ford Escort Mk5 was a car intensely anticipated. It would be Ford’s first all-new model for a decade. With its sharp, contemporary styling and switch to front-wheel drive it was as a bold move for the usually conservative manufacturer.

In keeping with Ford’s using stance on model types, they launched the Escort with the base ‘L’ model, right up the range topping ‘halo’ model, in Ghia spec, like this one.

Customers commented on how airy the Escort Mk5 was. The all new Escort, developed under the project code CE14, was the result of five years work by a Ford team of 2,500 designers and engineers. The investment of £1Bn, was easily the most Ford had ever chucked at a new model.

The result was a car with slim body pillars and large glass areas which massively improved all round visibility. The dashboard is simple but well laid out. With the interior on the Ghia model very well spec’d out.

Car Magazine published its first review of the new models in October 1990. The new Escort was heralded as “the future best-selling car in Britain”. They were spot-on.

The all new Escort Mk5 had a host of mechanical innovations too. Not least of which was the variable-ratio steering. It was was unusually light and sharp. At dead centre it was entirely neutral but highly geared either side, delivering a sharp, sporty turn-in. This was perfect for slow-speed manoeuvrability.

Jumping in the Escort Mk5 it comes across as a great cross over. Defo not a 60’s designed Morris Marina (sorry Sarah) but equally not a soul-less electric box on wheels (sorry EV drivers).

You do have to drive the Escort. There are no modern electronics which is brilliant. That gives the you the benefit of a greater feel of what the Mk5 Ghia is doing.

The ride quality, especially in the Ghia model is probably the Escort Mk5s strongest feature.

This Escort Mk5 Ghia

  • Registered 30 September 1991
  • Two owners
  • Second owner acquired 6 months after first registration in March 1992
  • That suggests this could have been new-model demonstrator car. Probably someone senior in the dealership given it was the Ghia model
  • The second owner was a mechanical engineer
  • The Mk5 was dry stored as part of small private collection for c.15years
  • Only 40,800 genuine miles
  • Velour seats
  • Sunroof
  • Electric windows
  • Immobiliser

Our vendor came by the Escort Mk5 after purchasing a business that was retirement sale. With the business and premises came the owners small collection of private cars. This Escort Ghia was tucked away inside. It looks as if he bought this early edition Escort Mk5 in top spec Ghia form with the exact intent of never using it, hence the mileage

As you can see from the images, the Escort is not minor blemish free. What classic car is? We asked our vendor to give us an overall flavour of the Mk5. Here are his comments.

“Underneath the car is very solid and an original example, no welding has been done whatsoever and the car is still very solid.

Even the bulkhead by the battery tray where these cars were prone to rust out is still completely solid and original.

Very straight and tidy car completely original. Sun roof works as it should as do the electric windows, heater controls etc”

Our view

A two owner, warranted miles, Ghia spec, early model of one of Ford’s classic models. These do not come along every day.

Nineties cars are where the interest is in the classic world at the moment. Anything in that era with the word Ford and Escort are eagerly gobbled up.

The car was clearly intended not to be used. Just tucked away in dry storage from where it would appear, when the time was right, blinking into the classic car world.

We guess if he hadn’t retired, he would probably have left it another decade. But then it would be big money. His loss is your gain. Because for once, this Escort Mk5 Ghia gives you a chance to get in at the bottom and benefit from the upside.

You’ll kick yourself if you miss this Escort Mk5 as it has an extremely sensible reserve.

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Vehicle Location: South Molton, Devon EX37 it’s the responsibility of the buyer to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
w******2 £900.00 2022-11-18 15:44:56
a******8 £800.00 2022-11-18 13:50:13
w******2 £700.00 2022-11-15 15:50:11
r*******4 £600.00 2022-11-08 16:24:14
m********************m £500.00 2022-11-08 11:29:18
Start auction £500.00 01/11/2022 12:00 AM


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