27th Jul, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Lot 21

1989 Ford Escort XR3i

Sold for £6,188

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: F423 LFM
Chassis No: SFABXXBBABJT44597
MOT: June 2023

  • 98,803 recorded miles (at time of consignment)
  • Only six former keepers from new
  • Finished in Radiant Red with Grey Recaro interior and with scarce un-cut parcel shelf!
  • A 'cult car' amongst Performance Ford enthusiasts, gaining momentum in the collectors' market

Launched alongside the rest of the Escort MkIII range in September 1980, the XR3 was an instant success. Intended as a rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTi, its monocoque bodyshell (complete with 'aerodeck' hatchback) boasted all round independent suspension and disc/drum brakes. Powered by a 1597cc OHC four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission (five-speed from February 1982 onwards), it proved quick but unruly. Conscious that the planned introduction of fuel injection would bring yet more speed, Ford charged its SVE (Special Vehicle Engineering) department with taming the hot hatch's wayward handling. Begun in October 1981 and overseen by Ron Mansfield, the XR3i project bore fruit in just fifteen months. Unveiled in January 1983, the revised model featured - as its name implied - Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. Credited with developing 105bhp and 101lbft of torque, the Fast Ford was reputedly capable of 120mph and 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds. A cult car among 'boy racers' of all ages, it is still prized to this day.

Manufactured in 1989, this XR3i was first registered in the United Kingdom on the 11th of October that year. Finished in Radiant Red with the Grey Recaro cloth interior upholstery, the Escort features a scarce un-cut rear parcel shelf! With a displayed mileage of 98,803 miles at the time of consignment, ‘F423 LFM’ has had just six former keepers. Offered with some previous invoices, an MOT test certificate until June 2023, and a current V5C document, the XR3i Escorts are a 'cult car' amongst Performance Ford enthusiasts, and with gaining momentum in the collectors' market they make an ever-popular modern classic.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 27th Jul, 2022


Tuesday 26th July 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 9am

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