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Chris M Wanted a V-10

Still tempted by an old Cortina or similar?

How many of you saw this article?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35716456
1980s cars being targetted by thieves. Are they really that valuable or collectable?
Bob Sacamano

I'd still have a Mk1 Escort Mexico or a Mk2 RS2000. I'm sure I'd be OK as I still have an old Krooklok knocking around in the garage.
Boxer6

Re: Still tempted by an old Cortina or similar?

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
How many of you saw this article?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35716456
1980s cars being targetted by thieves. Are they really that valuable or collectable?


Given that some originally bog-standard stuff is going for upwards of 20K, then the answer is a resounding yes!
gonnabuildabuggy

Re: Still tempted by an old Cortina or similar?

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
How many of you saw this article?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35716456
1980s cars being targetted by thieves. Are they really that valuable or collectable?


No, they are being nicked by banger racers it's actually thought. There are some races being done specifically for old Ford's and it's thought that old cars left lying about (as per the one in the article) are being taken for these.

"The victims of the black market are people like Martin Isitt. His pride and joy, a red Mk5 Cortina Crusader was taken from the driveway outside his home in Chatham, Kent, on New Year's Eve.

"It's like I lost a part of me," said Mr Isitt, who had spent the past three years working on it.

The car, which had no battery and was missing bumpers and a Ford badge, was reportedly seen on the back of a pick-up truck. "

If you've got a rare Escort RS, then yes, theft is just as likely as an RR or similar but for sales, not for breaking.

The laws of supply and demand apply and much as the supply of vinyl seats for a MK3 Cortina is pretty limited, so is demand.
PhilD

"Perhaps most importantly, however, these cars evoke a nostalgia for the earliest "hot hatches", which allowed speed freaks to go from 0 to 60 in 12 seconds without the expense of buying a sports"
Big Blue

i'm still trying to work out how a Mk III and a Mk IV Cortina are '80s cars.

Don't even get me started on the Mk I Capri and the Mk II Lotus Cortina pictures......

Anything is nicked for bits: loads of Alpinas are stripped of wheels and interiors; go to any motorcycle race and see if you can spot any legit engines before you count 10 with the numbers ground off!
simonp

No idea if they've put it on on purpose, but Car SOS has a Sierra Cosworth on it this morning.
Roadsterstu

Defenders are big targets at the moment, probably for parts, like these.
Roadrunner

Roadsterstu wrote:
Defenders are big targets at the moment, probably for parts, like these.


I see a Defender every day, parked on the edge of someones's drive and partly on the lawn. It is positioned practically wedged in between two trees and must take a 50 point shunt to get out. Almost certainly an anti-theft device.

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