1980 Ford Fiesta MK1 1.1 L
(Featured on 5th December 2013)
Registration: EUF 744V
Sellers original description:
Ford Fiesta Mk1 1980 1.1L – genuine 16,750 miles from new. Diamond White with Houndstooth blue and brown interior trim.
Ford Fiesta, EUF 744 V was registered new on 25 February 1980 at W Harold Perry Ltd, the main Ford Dealer at Arterial Road in Southend-on-Sea.
The car had a short ownership by the first owner and was purchased on 28 February 1981 from the Ford "Currie Motors" dealership in Hounslow by a Mrs Evelyn Marshall who lived in Heston, Hounslow. The car still has its Currie Motors dealer sticker in the rear window and the original tax disc holder.
I understand that the car was in use until very early 1986 when Mr Marshall passed away. Mrs Marshall didn’t want to get rid of the Fiesta hence it stayed in her dry garage from when the tax ran out on 31 January 1986 until 1 June 2011 when it was bought by Mr Beaumont. Mr Beaumont was their gas man and he used to service the house boiler on an annual basis. Every year he would ask Mrs Marshall if she wanted to sell the Fiesta – and every year she said ‘no’, until 2011, when she decided that she would.
Mr Beaumont bought the car and carried out the following work:
- 4 new tyres (receipt for £150)
- New radiator (receipt for this for £80.10)
- New antifreeze
The car then passed its MOT with no advisories.
I was lucky enough to come across this Fiesta and I bought the car in November 2011.
I would say that the car is almost completely rust free – it really does have to be seen to be believed.
However although the car is in incredible condition, it is NOT "as new" – don’t forget that it was in use for the first 6 years and as such it has some stone chips, some scratches in the paintwork on the passenger side and there is a very small dent on the front passenger wing just by the headlamp.
I believe the rear valance and boot lid have been repainted at some point too. The car has never been welded and does not need welding - it is rust and rot free.
The overall condition of the vehicle is amazing – just look at how clean she is under the bonnet. There is some slight surface rust around the battery tray but apart from that, the under bonnet area really does have to be seen to be believed.
The interior is in fantastic condition too with no sun damage or fading.
As this Fiesta is a fairly early Mk1, it doesn’t have much equipment (not even a centre console or radio) – but it certainly has a certain charm because of it.
It has reclining (5 position) front seats, twin sunvisors, twin door mirrors (the passenger side was an optional extra when new as it only came with the drivers door mirror as standard), dipping rear view mirror, reversing lamp, rear fog lamp, heated rear window with rear wash wipe, two speed front wipers with intermittent wipe and electric screen wash, two speed heater fan – and that really is about it.
There is limited service history – practically all the mileage was done in the first 5 years of its life – but the original service book is present together with MOT’s from 2011, 2012 and the MOT just passed on 3 August 2013 - together with the tax disc that expired at the end of January 1986.
The car passed its MOT on 3 August 2013 with one comment that the fog light was not working - this turned out to be a loose bulb connection - and as such it is now MOT’d for a full 12 months with the certificate expiring on 31 August 2014.
It is taxed until the end of January 2014 and has just been fitted with a brand new battery, a new thermostat, a full new exhaust system, and it has had a service (oil change, new oil filter, new air filter and tappets have been adjusted) so she is ready to go.
She is a genuine, honest, un-molested car - what you see is what you get – all I have done is give her a good polish and vacuum and she has come up amazingly well – as good as any Mk1 that has not been restored that you are likely to find.