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A fantastic Mk2 Ford Fiesta XR2 with an incredible history file from new.
Wind-cheating aerodynamic front and rear spoilers, halogen headlamps, arch extensions, air deflectors, front driving lamps, digital header mounted clock, anti-burst door locks, special XR2 bodyside decal treatments, extended black window surround paint, storage compartment under rear-floor, two speed plus intermittent wipe, tailgate wash/wipe, heated rear window, tachometer, trip recorder, soft feel special steering wheel, cigar lighter, illuminated interior controls. Factory options: Alloy wheels, metallic paint, tilt-or-remove screened glass sunroof. Dealer fit options: Ford rubber mats, locking wheel nuts.
This 80’s hot hatch is finished in factory optional Ford Strato Silver, (code V6), and has a brilliant metallic shine and pleasing uniform finish. All original panels are straight with linear gaps and date stamps can be seen for those who know where to look. Only minor paint work imperfections, namely stone chips to the front, a small paint bleb to the rear offside wing and light scratches to the driver’s door edge can be seen upon close scrutiny. Standard trim sections, bumpers and single body-side coachline are correct and in excellent order, as are the original Carello driving lamps. The underside has been detailed along with the under bonnet area to allow for exhibiting. Even the supplying dealer number plates, tax disc holder and rear screen sticker remain fitted! A true fast Ford icon in factory original condition.
The interior of this remarkable example is in spotless original condition and exactly as Ford intended. The Monaco trim in Bluestone colour scheme (code L4) is beautifully clean and the common vulnerable areas for wear such as the seat bases and bolsters are have been minimised thanks to the swapping of the front seats. The colour-keyed velour carpet is clean and free from wear having been protected from new by rubber Ford over mats. All switchgear is functional and intact, and the soft finish dashboard is perfect. The header mounted digital clock retains the correct grey LCD display and the original Ford stereo radio/cassette (Model ESRT 32 PS) remains in place. The tachometer is inoperative. The hugely difficult to source original trimmed parcel shelf is intact, straight and complete with the correct rubber hangers. An absolute testament to the owner’s devotion to uphold the originality of an all-time Ford great!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The time proven transverse mounted 1597cc OHC engine with twin-venturi carburettor develops a lively 95BHP at 5750rpm and 132Nm of torque at 4000rpm. In such a lightweight and nimble car, the sense of fun and that unmistakable exhaust note make this car truly addictive! A top speed of 109mph and 0-60 in just 9.3 seconds is eagerly achieved. The smooth five speed synchromesh gearbox with remote shift is light and exact, a joy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Five Special pepperpot 13” X 6” alloy wheels shod in Falken 185/60 R13 tyres remain with the car and the spare retains the original factory Pirelli P6! The wheels have been historically refurbished so show ageing in areas. The dual line servo assisted brakes with ventilated 9.4” front discs and 7.0” rear drums bring the car up to a steady, straight and assured halt.
Registered new on the 13th January 1988 by Ford Main Dealers, Radmores of Tavistock, to Mrs Attwell who remained the careful custodian for a remarkable 21 years until 2009 when a handful of Ford enthusiasts of taken care of this car. The New Car Vehicle Invoice reveals a purchase price, including factory options, of £7,550. This was slightly less than list price thanks to a discount of £574! Old invoices have been individually laminated and neatly filed in an A4 file. A hand written note of service work is also included along with charming letters from Mrs Attwell to subsequent owners who have taken the trouble to write to her. A collection of old MOT certificates to verify the 82,345 miles are also present along with every handbook supplied when the car was new in a blue Ford A5 folder. A recent service in 2014 and 81,795 miles at Ford Main Dealers, Paynes of Hinkley, helps to reveal the care this example is accustomed to.
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