Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i XR3 – KGF
Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i XR3

Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i XR3

  • Sold
  • Year: 1985
  • Mileage: 46,486

Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i XR3

  • Price: £14,995
  • Year: 1985
  • Mileage: 46,486

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A fabulously original Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i XR3 with only 46,486 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 beautifully presented example of a rare sporting hot cabriolet with the iconic XR3i factory specification whereby 80% of the Cabriolet bodyshell panels were either new or modified to maintain strength and eliminate rattle when new. Finished in iconic Diamond White with a Black vinyl roof, (Code BA3), the finish is uniform throughout with a deep shine and only a small area on the nearside front wing where the original paint has worn thin due to overzealous polishing. The soft-top roof in excellent condition with no creases or even cracking on fold lines and hood cover present. The panels on this example boast factory fitment with date stampings clearly visible and the underside is free from underseal allowing easy inspection and revealing excellent structural integrity and no repairs. All glass is number plate etched including the hood glass and Ford dealer plates are fitted. The front and rear Ford oval badges have some minor aging. 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 retro 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 cracks or distortion and the standard Ford SRT 32P radio/cassette works along with the roof mounted digital clock! 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.

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.

Excellent sports alloy wheels with a few tiny marks are of the iconic Cloverleaf design with the Ford logos and part numbers clearly visible. Recently shod in premium matching Dunlop Sport Response 185/60 R14 tyres have covered just 500 miles. 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 Reports 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. Sold by KGF Classic Cars to the previous owner in June 2021, the car has covered just 500 since and has been serviced three times and had a cambelt change within that time! This car will appeal to the retro car lover and Blue Oval collector alike looking for one of the finest, original and useable examples.

HPI clear.

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