February 22, 2018 at 9:27 AM
An A-reg Ford Fiesta purchased from Aberdare Ford, then known as W.H Baker Ltd, in 1984 has been auctioned off by auctioneers Brightwells in Hereford earlier this month.
The 3-door gold hatchback was purchased by a local couple new in the 1980s and was rarely used, evident by the mere 12,900 miles it had accrued over its 34 years – whilst it is claimed nobody ever sat in the back seats. The couple even used seat covers on the drivers and passenger seat meaning, when it went under the hammer, it was in near-factory condition, reaching an impressive £2400 (not including VAT and fees) at auction.
The couple are believed to have locked the Fiesta in their garage in 2006, after both deciding to give up driving. The vintage 1.1-litre Fiesta, which was part of Brightwells “Modern Classic Cars and Motorcycles” February 2018 auction, was last registered on the road in March 2007 when its last tax disc expired.
Will Daniels, a consultant at Brightwells, claims there was “considerable interest” at auction, but added: “It is what we would fondly refer to as a ‘billy-basic’ car – a low-spec, small engine example – although in exceptional order with tiny mileage and one owner, the most money is achieved for the hotter versions such as an XR2, we have sold a couple of those recently and they’ve made £7,000-8,000.”
Speaking before the auction, Mr Daniels said he expected a Ford fanatic or collector was likely to buy the car.
Recalling if he remembered selling the time capsule car, which was first registered in April 1984, Aberdare Ford’s current Dealer Principal Graham Astrand said “It’s more than possible I sold it myself. I was working at Aberdare Ford in 1984, or W.H Bakers as it was in those days. We had a hell of a year when the first A-reg cars came out in August 1983.”
Only equipped with four forward gears, the auctioned Fiesta was a near-perfect example of the Mk2 Ford Fiesta.
Since it was introduced in 1977, the Ford Fiesta has enjoyed a rich history, quickly becoming one of the most popular cars of all time.
By 1979, just two years after it was launched, Ford had already manufactured 1 million Fiesta models. The sportier XR2 variant, with its beefier 1.6-litre engine capable of 100mph, stiffer suspension, distinctive perforated alloy wheels and styling, was introduced in 1981. The following year, the Ford Fiesta proved to be the best-selling car in Britain and Germany.
The more aerodynamic Fiesta Mk2 was then introduced in 1983; longer and more fuel efficient the Ford Fiesta Mk2 was available in 1.0 and 1.1 -litre variants. A 1.3-litre model with five forward gears was also launched, along with a 1.6-litre diesel engine.
Having been in production for more than 40 years, the iconic Fiesta has now passed through eight generations, with the Mk8 launched in 2017. Unbelievably, the Ford Fiesta has been the bestselling car in the UK every month since 2014, with the exception of June 2017, with the dip thought to be a result of the new model launch.