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RE: 45-mile Focus RS goes to auction

RE: 45-mile Focus RS goes to auction

Monday 20th March

45-mile Focus RS goes to auction

Just when you thought fast Ford prices couldn't get any sillier!



Count yourselves lucky, Ford Focus RS owners. The Mk2 version, at least. Not only do you have one of the best hatches of the 2000s, it's also highly likely that the car has barely depreciated. This Performance Blue car has been enjoyed for the past 25,000 miles and eight years, and is now for sale at £24,490. For a car that cost £24,995 before options in 2009. Remarkable.

Could 45 miles mean £45K?
Could 45 miles mean £45K?
And the relevance of this? Well Classic Car Auctions has a Focus RS going to an auction next month with just 45 miles on it. 45! Since 2009 it has been owned by a husband and wife but kept in storage; it's been serviced once and has an MoT until October.

What will it make? The estimate is £32,000-£36,000, which looks conservative given this RS with 7,000 miles is up for £30K. Moreover, Silverstone Auctions sold an Ultimate Green car with 1,800 miles for £41,063 including buyer's premium last month. Oh yes, and this RS500 with delivery miles is currently for sale at seventy thousand pounds. All guesses are welcome!

Surely this would have to spend the rest of its life in a collection, though there is an argument to be made that the RS is young enough to be used regularly if so desired. It would be a shame to see something so entertaining left unused... What would you do?

The car is being sold at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show - easy for you to say - where fast Fords are very much the theme. There's a swathe of Sierras, a fleet of Fiesta and an, er, escort of Escorts. See the full selection here, and dig deep!

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steveb8189

Original Poster:

141 posts

112 months

Monday 20th March
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Crazy, just crazy!

New Golf R go the same way - I think not!

Butter Face

14,783 posts

81 months

Monday 20th March
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Ford RS owners be crazy.

daemon

18,831 posts

118 months

Monday 20th March
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steveb8189 said:
Crazy, just crazy!

New Golf R go the same way - I think not!
The RS badge still has a big following though.

chris285

494 posts

53 months

Monday 20th March
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In regards to R, no but clubsport S prices have gone crazy or did for a time

Oz83

285 posts

60 months

Monday 20th March
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All I can say is 'why'?

It's not the sort of car you buy just to look at. And there are way better investments if you have £36k lying around.

I wonder what the original story behind the car is. Maybe the first owner took delivery and something unfortunate happened so it didn't get used then once prices started climbing, it became an 'investment'.
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Conscript

1,096 posts

42 months

Monday 20th March
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Not even a full service history tongue out

Jimmy Recard

13,367 posts

100 months

Monday 20th March
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It'll be interesting to see what it goes for. I also wonder if the other cars in the article will make their asking prices.


Dimebars

179 posts

15 months

Monday 20th March
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Serviced once in 7-8 years?

High performance?

£40k+?

No thanks..........

graham22

2,693 posts

126 months

Monday 20th March
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No longer a car, now more of a commodity.


Mansells Tash

5,367 posts

127 months

Monday 20th March
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What does 7-8 years storage cost? Surely after fees they wont even be that far ahead!?

yonex

10,175 posts

89 months

Monday 20th March
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The world has gone mad!

David87

4,406 posts

133 months

Monday 20th March
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A Mk1 Focus RS? Maybe. This? No way!

Mansells Tash

5,367 posts

127 months

Monday 20th March
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David87 said:
A Mk1 Focus RS? Maybe. This? No way!
Exactly!
I get the Mk1 and the current model as RS's however the ones inbetween were very meh to me. Great in their own right but nothing so special.

Frankstar123

53 posts

56 months

Monday 20th March
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Oz83 said:
And there are way better investments if you have £36k lying around.
Any suggestions?

graham22

2,693 posts

126 months

Monday 20th March
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Frankstar123 said:
Oz83 said:
And there are way better investments if you have £36k lying around.
Any suggestions?
44 mile Focus RS


Adz The Rat

8,822 posts

130 months

Monday 20th March
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That £70k Focus is a joke, but be sale or return surely.

epom

5,089 posts

82 months

Monday 20th March
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Still better value than this one tongue outtongue out



Also what's a sensible number of owners ?

Slow

3,702 posts

58 months

Monday 20th March
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Dimebars said:
Serviced once in 7-8 years?

High performance?

£40k+?

No thanks..........
With 45 miles im not sure it would really need a service if its been sat since new which it looks to have been.

Roger Irrelevant

767 posts

34 months

Monday 20th March
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Mansells Tash said:
What does 7-8 years storage cost? Surely after fees they wont even be that far ahead!?
It's not that good an investment is it? Say it cost £25k in 2009, and 8 years later they get top dollar - £45k - for it. A lot of people would probably say that's amazing and the owners have ridden the current crazy market in 'classic' cars. But it's only a return of 7-and-a-bit per cent. Take into account auction fees, storage costs (could easily be £1k per year), and that £45k will mean a a net return more like £35k, or not much more than 4% p.a.

If the owners had actually used the thing in the interim then I'd say hats off to them, they would have had a right result, but they bought it purely as an investment and as an investment, it's not been all that great.

Watch now as it goes for £60k and makes me look a right wally.

skidskid

77 posts

62 months

Monday 20th March
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My father in law has an RS in white with ~10k miles on it. Had it from new and completely standard. Every year without fail when he takes it for a service the dealer offers him alot more than he paid for it new.

He keeps looking to swap it but cant part with it now as its going up in value so much. I think he'll dry store it and sell it in 10 years and buy something else to actually drive. The funny thing is he did use it alot until people kept offering lots of cash for it, then it became to valuable to drive. Especially compared to how much money you make on savings etc, its a no brainer to use as an investment.