Shenfield jeweller creates miniature replica of classic Ford car which will be sold to raise thousands for children's charities
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:03 29 October 2018
A jeweller who spent more than 1,500 hours creating a miniature replica of a classic car, predicted to be worth thousands of pounds, will be selling his creation to raise money for charities.
Russell Lord, whose workshop Lord of London is based in Hutton Road, Shenfield, has created a 6.5in silver model of a 1976 MK2 Ford Escort rally car which he plans to raffle or auction off.
He will be doing this in aid of children’s charities Snap (Special Needs and Parents, in Warley, and The Maddi Foundation which aims to find a cure for extremely rare form of Motor Neurone Disease SPG15.
Russell said: “I’ve been lucky.
“I’ve had a good part of my life but there’s kids out there who aren’t so lucky.
“They don’t even get off the starting line whether that’s due to mental or physical problems or being abused, they don’t get a chance.
“I want various charities to benefit from the money that this car brings in,”
Russell started his silver car project about 25 years ago and after a prolonged spell in storage in a safety deposit box, the unfinished car was unearthed by Russell’s son Bobby who encouraged his father to complete the sparkling showpiece.
His creation is comprised of 70per cent silver, has gold wheels, brake discs and spoiler as well as gold bonnet hinges and carburettors.
The car also features rubies, orange sapphires for indicators, black diamonds and instead of Ford, the grill logo reads Lord.
The pint-sized silver car model masterpiece is due to be unveiled at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham from November 9 - 11, where it will be on display and it is hoped the actual sale can be organised to take place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next July.
Russell, who owns the family-run business in Shenfield as well as another workshop in central London, videoed his construction progress which has so far already had around five million views.
A website dedicated to the silver car is due to go live later this week.