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Pic :  SimonHartland/BNPS<br />
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Sorry state - the returned car after being found in a ditch...<br />
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Back from the dead - A car nut has finally got his beloved motor back on the road - 30 years after cruel thieves stole his pride and joy...<br />
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Simon Hartland, 53, originally bought the Escort in 1985 for £3000, but it was snatched by car thieves just three years later.<br />
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Police eventually found the stripped out shell 6 weeks later and returned the sad remains to a distraught Simon.<br />
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Now after languishing in his garage for 30 years Simon has painstakingly restored the old Ford to its former glory.<br />
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And engineer Simon has had the last laugh as the now classic Escort RS2000 is worth 10 times what he paid for it.