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The Escort was the car that proved Ford’s rallying pedigree. Escorts in various forms won World Championship events between 1968 and 1981 with Ari Vatanen becoming World Rally Champion driving an Escort RS in 1981. Ford allowed their customers to have a taste of their rally success with models such as the RS1600 and Mexico which were developed at Ford’s Advanced Vehicles Operations plant. These models had their weaknesses, with the Mexico deemed as too slow and the RS1600 although quick was too costly to manufacture and maintain.

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Truley a rare find, In 1955, Aston Martin initiated a programme for a new replacement for the DB2/4

Development of the all-new DB4 started with a prototype, DP 114, completed early in 1956. Unimpressed by the original styling, Aston Martin thought that the the new car should be entrusted to an external styling house.

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This is a partially restored Ford Prefect, Late 50s styling is evident before the hayday for the american cars of the 1960s. This example was for sale in December 2016 and the owner had the following to say about the car:

For sale on behalf of local customer who is reducing his collection of classic vehicles.  This fabulous 1959 Ford Prefect 4 door saloon with an amazing mileage of just 30,134 from new.  The old girl is incredibly original and probably one of the best un-restored cars in the market place. 

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1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop, was offered online in 2015, and is one of very few in the UK. Many of these were sold in the US, Australia and several other markets, but they are certainly a rare car in the UK. The seller noted:

This car is painted Metallic Blue with a Metallic Blue bench seat interior. It is fully mechanically rebuilt and powered by a 259ci V8, 4 Barrell Carburettor with automatic transmission, power steering, disc brakes, mag wheels and rear sway bar. The car is a real sweet ride from a rust free California base.

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This Morris Cooper S 1275 was exported in late 1966 as a CKD to Australia. Built and finished in 1967. Sold to Japan some years ago. Purchased by myself in November 2106 to return to the UK for complete restoration to new specification.

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1275 conversion

Alley cat rims

Big bore exhaust

Full rollcage

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The Pajero Evolution, or ‘PajEvo’ as it’s sometimes called, is a particularly interesting car, and one of those rare vehicles which we like to discuss on Classic Register. Many of the cars that attract high levels of enthusiast attention are those that have a close link to motor racing, such as 'Group A' production touring and rally cars. In this context, few people turn their minds to SUVs, and perhaps that explains why the Pajero Evolution has flown under the radar to some extent.

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You don't see many around, and with only 2,500 units produced for rally homologation purposes, we're lucky if there’s a handful in any market outside of Japan. Originally sold only in the Japanese domestic market, the Familia GT-R is from the golden age of ‘Group A’ rally, when manufacturers had to produce rally cars which were based on actual road cars built in minimum numbers; the requirement at the time being 2,500 units. 

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Since the 190E 2.5-16 was included in our top 10 modern classics article, it's about time we started having a look at a few that have come up for sale to see what's happening with values.

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This R32 V-Spec II was for sale in 2015 / 16 in London, UK. The car appears immaculate, and has a few additional options, like drivers knee pads, Nismo body kit (front vents and srear spoiler lip). This car was asking GBP 26,995 at the time of sale. You don't see them in such good condition this often, and we hope the car has ended up in a serious collectors hands, who will maintain it for what it is rather than engage in modifications.