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FOR 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 on/off tent.


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.


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.


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. 

Make: Ford

Model: Mk1 Ford Escort Canterbury Siesta Family Caravan

Year: 1970

Condition: Beautiful original condition

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Telephone numbers: 01733 425140 or 07976935046

Email: sales@kgfclassiccars.co.uk

Price: £7,995

Website link: http://www.kgfclassiccars.co.uk/details.php?cid=317


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