A classic Ford is given a new lease of life

Ford owner, Simon Owen from South Wales, contacted Gates recently to share some photographs of a 1994 Ford Escort that he’d purchased last year. After acquiring the car from an online trader based in Bristol, he discovered original Gates paperwork inside relating to it’s sale twenty years ago. The documents show that the car was purchased in 1994 for £8770 from Gates of Woodford (the first Gates dealership opened by Frank Gates with the help of his father Cornelius in 1920).

Finished in ‘nouveau red’, the Ford Escort Ghia Si 4dr saloon has covered a total of 115,000 miles over it’s twenty one years of service and is thought to be one of only 34 remaining. For unknown reasons, from 2008 to 2012, the car disappeared off the roads, and it remains a mystery as to where it was stored. Fortunately though, this meant that it survived the government scrappage scheme of 2009. Records show that it reappeared in High Wycombe in 2012, with the most recent sale being made to Mr Owen in 2014, making him the sixth owner.

After three months of driving the vehicle without fault, Mr Owen decided to breathe some life into the Escort and set about a mini restoration. He sought out a bodywork and fabrication specialist and the car was treated to new sills and rear wheel arches along with an alloy wheel refurbishment. The Escort’s interior was stripped out, shampooed and refitted with new under carpet sound proofing. Only the new parts received fresh paint, the rest of the paintwork was machine polished upon completion of the body repair work. The car was given a full service with a cam belt change, along with new track control arms and exhaust. After the restoration, the Ford Escort passed it’s 16 th MOT without a single advisory.

The story of this classic Ford has certainly intrigued us, and we would like to thank Mr Owen for providing these photographs and vehicle history. We’d love to hear similar stories, so if you have a Ford story to tell, please contact us at marketing@gates.co.uk .