A fabulously original Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i XR3 with only 45.908 miles.
Body-coloured bumpers with protective inserts, front spoiler, tape stripe, wheel arch air deflectors, body-coloured door mirrors, black fast folding fully insulated vinyl roof with glass window, hood cover, integral black roll bar, remote door mirrors, heated rear screen, folding rear seats, lockable glovebox, wind-down rear quarter windows, door stowage bins, cigar lighter, quartz digital clock, coin box, tachometer Ford SRT 32P radio/cassette, with four speakers and joystick control. Factory Options; Driving lights.
A clean, original and very well presented example of a rare sporting hot cabriolet with the iconic XR3i factory specification. Finished in Diamond White with a Black vinyl roof, (Code BA3), the finish is uniform throughout with a deep shine and the soft-top roof in excellent condition with no crease cracking. Not only does this model have exhilarating looks with wheel arch air deflectors, colour-coded trim, red tape stripes each side and optional Ford driving lights, but 80% of the Cabriolet bodyshell panels were either new or modified to maintain strength and eliminate rattle when new. The panels on this example boast factory fitment with date stampings clearly visible and the underside is free from excessive underseal allowing easy inspection and revealing good structural integrity and no unsightly repairs. All glass is number plate etched including the hood glass and Ford dealer plates are fitted. The Ford oval badge has some minor imperfections on the boot lid and the colour keyed hood cover is present. A prime example of a FastFord.
With seating for up to five people this model remains both a fun and practical option of open-top classic motoring. The supportive sports seats trimmed with Monza and Crushed Velour fabric with Blue detail, (Code HV), are in remarkable condition and the colour keyed shark grey cut pile carpet retains a fullness with no damage or wear. Incredibly and rare for a Mk3 Escort, the dash has no visible cracks, the standard Ford SRT 32P radio/cassette works and the roof mounted digital clock functions! The sports three spoke steering wheel still has natural veins visible thanks to the low miles and all controls and all interior instrumentation, switch gear and ventilation operate correctly. The door shuts are spotlessly clean and the boot area still has factory PDI stickers attached. Truly beautiful and Ford perfection.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A delightfully crisp, responsive and free-revving 1.6 OHC (CVH) engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection produces 105bhp. The engine bay presentation is excellent with original factory stickers, labels and markings and would please the exhibitionist attending classic car shows. The five-speed gearbox engineered to combine vivid acceleration with fast, frugal cruising is smooth and has benefited from a recent clutch replacement.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Excellent sports alloy wheels with a few tiny marks are of the iconic Cloverleaf design with the Ford logos and part numbers clearly visible. Shod in premium matching Continental 185/60 R14 tyres with ample tread. The diagonally-split dual-line servo assisted brakes stop the car quickly and safely.
Registered new on the 10th April 1985 by Ford main dealers, Hanger of Birmingham to a Mrs Goode, this particular sporting 1.6i Cabriolet sold for a premium £9,348, some £1,923 more than an XR3i. An A4 file of history is organised in chronological order containing invoices, MOT certificates, MOT Inspection Report and general expenditure throughout the cars life. All handbooks are included along with the original service book with early stamped history and two keys are present. The current sixth owner, Mr Broad, purchased the car in 2017 and is a fanatical collector of sporting Fords. His collection includes an immaculate Ford Fiesta Mk2 XR2 and Ford Escort Series One RS Turbo amongst others. This car will appeal to the retro car lover and Blue Oval collector alike looking for one of the finest useable examples.
MOT June 2022, HPI clear.
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