Interesting caveat


  1. [font=arial][color=black]I spotted this on an auction site recently where an ex works Escort was on offer.[/color][/font]

    [font=arial][color=#cccccc][color=black][u]Original text[/u][/color][/color][/font]

    [font=arial][color=#cccccc][i][color=black]Remaining in the UK while its 'PVX' siblings were supposedly despatched to Hong Kong, 'PVX 400K' was sold into private ownership. Believed to have run on the 1974 Mintex Dales (or so a handwritten note on file would imply), it had migrated to Scotland by August 1975. Returning to England in June 1983, the forlorn Escort is said to have undergone a sympathetic restoration during the mid 1990s[/color].[/i][/color][/font]

    [font=Arial]The following was added after the original catalogue entry and presumably as a result of contact from someone 'in the know'.[/font]

    [font=arial][color=black][i]PLEASE NOTE: PVX 400K is thought to have been re-shelled during its Works career as a result of various incidents (namely the Olympic and RAC rallies of 1972). Indeed, the last bodyshell that it wore during its Works career is rumoured to have been abandoned in Nairobi. Thus, it is presumed that Ford re-shelled PVX 400K before selling it to the public. Photographs on file suggest that PVX 400K metamorphosed into a right-hand drive car during its post-Works rally career. By the early 1990s, PVX 400K existed only as a right-hand drive rolling shell and a V5 registration document. Conscious of the history behind the number plate, the owner at the time decided to create a facsimile of PVX 400K as it appeared during its Works heyday. To this end, he sourced an early left-hand drive Ford Escort MKI bodyshell and had it fitted with an 1800cc BDA-type engine, five-speed ZF gearbox, replica dashboard and new identification plates etc. Therefore, like many surviving Works Escorts, the link between PVX 400K and its past is the registration document rather than any Works components.[/i][/color][/font]

    [font=Arial]This car did not sell despite an estimate of only £40k – £50k. Sans doubt the above had something to do with that.[/font]

    [font=Arial]Although this relates to an ex works Escort it could apply to any number of Minis, Healeys etc. Maybe the auction houses are now getting nervous about the number of supposed ex works cars turning up and being sold for large wedges of cash where there is minimal, if any, link to the original vehicle. Presumably the auctioneers could be sued for misrepresentation if they repeat the words of the seller if it turns out to have been somewhat economical with the truth.[/font]

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    Simon, I think you are right and in future this will almost certainly be the type of format adopted for ex-works vehicles.

    What this may lead to is a bun fight amongst those who previously sold a 'genuine' ex-works vehicle and those that bought it and have now decided to sell and subsequently find that all is not what it appears.

    I wonder how this will affect the market and values of those cars without provenance.

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