SALE A Mk1 Ford Escort Canterbury Siesta Family Caravan
with 51,368 miles and two owners.
Safety glass all round, anti-burst locks, sealed beam headlights
with combined sidelights, separate direction indicators, foot operated windscreen washer, safety styled door handles and window
winders, ashtray in fascia, face level ventilation system. Caravan equipment to include; Ample
wood finish cupboard space, wardrobe and locker accommodation, laminated easy clean table, florescent interior lighting, cooker/griller
stove, sink with pumped water supply, six gallon water tank, cooking essentials, curtains, rust and rattle free nylon curtain
runners, Canterbury elevating roof, rear pram style opener, hammock style child bed. Optional extras; Drive
This delightful and very rare Canterbury
Siesta model retains its factory original colour Light Blue (code C5) and the manufacturer fitted stream-lined fibreglass
elevated roof remains exactly as intended. The paintwork having received sympathetic cosmetic refurbishment
by Dagenham Motors under instruction from the original owner has a bright uniform shine, but still retains a wonderful sense
of originality. A touched in scratch on the nearside rear wing and a small area of paint undulation to
the driver’s door bottom certainly do not detract from the cars overall fantastic appearance. The
vehicle is structurally excellent with no weld repairs and all factory fit panels are straight with linear gaps.
The fibreglass section of the elevating roof is structurally perfect, free from cracks and is effortlessly raised and
lowered. The fully weatherproof blue and white material to the raised roof section adds a lovely aesthetic
appeal to the vehicle, and only one tiny patched hole exists. The matching pram style rear opening section
is perfect with fully intact side zips and elastic seam. The drive on/off tent frame is housed in the original
hessian bag but the material has been discarded due to storage damage. All trim sections, bumpers, glass
and lights have been brilliantly preserved and truly complete this attention getting classic camper.
Astonishing and wonderfully original
best describes the interior of this ultra-rare and special vehicle. The clean and comfortable rear living
space offers an insight to 1970’s family holidays and trips out, with all original fitments still present and intact.
The kitchen equipment comprising of a Taymar cooker/griller stove (model 593 Trident) and sink with pumped and stored
water is spotless and correctly installed, although but none of the camping equipment has been safety tested.
The three function seating system in the rear is adaptable for forward facing travel, rear facing camping and double
bed sleeping configurations. The leather grained red vinyl seat coverings double up as a mattress and are
in excellent order aside from one unstitched seam. The pristine cab area with perfect unworn vinyl seats
and immaculate matching door cards are a real testament to the low miles this example has enjoyed. All
functions and controls housed in the spotless dashboard operate faultlessly.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original 1298cc OHV engine fires up immediately and provides a delightfully pronounced but quiet engine
note. Simple mechanics and excellent parts availability make for enjoyable home maintenance and cost effective
servicing. The diaphragm spring type clutch feel positive and smooth. The four speed
gearbox with synchromesh on all forward gears allows light and precise progression up the range, an absolute joy to operate.
A true reflection of the low mileage and cherished ownership.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard pressed steel wheels with original chrome centre
caps remain on the car and are in excellent condition. The spare wheel has never been fitted!
The all-round drum brakes feel assured and install confidence under all circumstances.
Factory built by Canterbury Industrial Products Limited in Basildon, a standard Ford
Escort 8cwt van was the basis for the Siesta Family Caravan. This amazing example was registered new on
13th April 1970 by Wilsons Motor Caravan Centre Ltd of Brixton, London and has had just two owners from new!
A metal badge from the supplying dealer remains neatly fixed to the rear nearside door. Incredibly
the history file contains not only the original hand written order form but also receipts for the new car deposit of £25.00
and the full payment receipt, as well has the final typed new car invoice detailing a total purchase price of £994.00.
The first owner Mr Sydney Long named on these documents owned the car until April 1989 whereupon ownership was passed
on to his son in law Mr Frederick Tear who has since owned the vehicle. The original Ford Service booklet
and even a sales brochure from Canterbury Industrial Products Limited are included in the history file, as well as a wonderful
collection of user guides for the cooker, heater and drive away tent. This brilliant and rare vehicle based on Britain’s already
adored Mk1 Escort offers a unique opportunity to both the enthusiast and the collector. Unmissable. Tax
Exempt, MOT April 2015, HPI Clear, Approved Used Car Check Certificate.
Model: Mk1 Ford Escort Canterbury Siesta Family Caravan
Condition: Beautiful original condition
Telephone numbers: 01733 425140 or 07976935046
Website link: http://www.kgfclassiccars.co.uk/details.php?cid=317
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