Classic and Vintage Cars
Ford Corsair Estate
2012. This car was new to the Marquis of Exeter and was used on and around the Burghley House Estate near Stamford. The provenance with the car states Lord Burghley could not drive a manual car due to a leg injury and with these cars being the last of the coachbuilt Fords, and therefore desirable by the nobility, his lordship wanted an automatic version. But although auto estates were available, no auto version was available at the time and so a brand new automatic saloon car was taken to Abbotts to be converted. Now it has been said this was the only saloon converted to an estate because Fords would send knocked down cars to Abbotts for them to fit their own roof and tailgate. I would say Abbotts did not charge enough for the conversion as their paintwork is very poor quality compared to their paint on my late fathers original estate (now sold). FAR243G WHERE ARE YOU NOW? However this car was last used in 1988 and has only 49,000 on it. It is column change and has the optional bucket seats and cigar lighter but no radio . We all remember one particular car owned by our fathers and this is it for me. It is even the same colour as my dads and when i cleared my late dads garage out , in the rafters was the old 'Desmo' roofrack.Guess what? it fitted straight on to this car, and with his old AA badge on the grille and his cricket holdall, bats and whites in the boot it takes me back to those far off days of sunday cricket on the village green. The car is undergoing a cosmetic preservation to allow light use before undergoing a full repaint, there is no rust at all because it was kept in a heated garage during its 24 year slumber, and was garaged before that.
Picture added on 22 December 2016 at 10:44