1979 Ford Fiesta


  • Limited edition 'Sandpiper', one of only 2,500 produced
  • Recent repaint in as-built Roman Bronze
  • Original interior with Ghia-style seats
  • 72,000 recorded miles with extensive history and old MOTs
  • NOS exhaust and no welding to body

The Appeal

The Ford Fiesta Mk1 'Sandpiper' is a rare and desirable limited edition model, produced in December 1979 with only 2,500 units ever made in a choice of either two-tone Roman Bronze over Cordoba Beige, or single-tone Roman Bronze. Fiestas were intensely popular cars, and were consistently in the UK's top sellers - but thanks to their perky hot-hatch performance, were often cars with very rough lifestyles!

That's why this rare Limited Edition Fiesta is such a desirable car. Beyond being intensely rare - only 4 on the British network, according to Howmanyleft? - it's been beautifully kept in its authentic colour scheme, and is a rare survivor in absolutely superb fettle. 

The car retains its original interior, featuring the special combination of bitter chocolate and tan fabrics, and comes equipped with a NOS exhaust. It's never been welded, still offers plenty of perky performance and is ready and waiting to hit the road with its new owner.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1979
  • The DVLA records 6 previous keepers
  • In current ownership since 2020
  • We're informed the car has a substantial history file with old MOTs
  • 72,000 recorded miles, which the vendor reports is genuine
  • Recent repaint in original Roman Bronze
  • NOS exhaust fitted
  • No welding to body

The Condition

  • Bodywork appears in smart condition with no welding required
  • Recent repaint in original Roman Bronze
  • No sign of any unusual corrosion or blistering
  • Correct to Sandpiper spec with full length protective strips
  • Underside appears solid with no meaningful corrosion
  • Original interior with Ghia-style seats in bitter chocolate and tan fabrics
  • No sign of any rips or tears
  • All instruments clear and legible
  • Equipped with a push button VHF/MW/LW radio and quartz clock
  • Four spoke soft feel steering wheel
  • Additional sound insulation and lockable compartment under boot floor
  • Twin vanity mirrors in sun visors

The Mechanics

  • 1.1L Valenica I4 powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • Engine bay is in excellent order, clean and well-kept
  • NOS exhaust fitted
  • Highly original mechanical condition
  • No reported issues with brakes, steering, or suspension
  • We understand the car to be driving without issue

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Auction Details
  • Year 1979
  • Make Ford
  • Model Fiesta
  • Colour Brown
  • Mileage 76,164 Miles
  • Engine size 1089
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Mountain Ash
  • County Wales
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
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  • chriswa•••• £5,000 12/07/24

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