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Lot 018: Ford Escort XR3

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Launched way back in 1968 and remaining in production until 2000, the Ford Escort became the UK's best-selling car of all time with over 4m sold during its 32-year run. Over this period it went through six generations of development with engines ranging in size from 1.1-litre to 2-litre. All were blessed with excellent handling and responded well to tuning with the result that many versions went on to enjoy considerable success in competition. The MkIII model was in production from 1980 to 1986, featuring novelties such as front-wheel drive and a new hatchback body. The sportiest version was the XR3, a hot hatch which was designed to compete head on with the VW Golf GTi. Featuring a tuned version of the 1.6-litre CVH engine fitted with a twin-choke Weber carburettor, uprated suspension and numerous cosmetic alterations, it instantly caught the public's imagination and became a cult car with boy racers of the Eighties. With 96bhp on tap it could sprint to 60 in 9.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 113mph. First registered in June 1981, this particular XR3 is a very special car indeed. The previous owner had once owned the car as a teenager and many years later, now a wealthy car collector, he spotted it for sale and bought it back for sentimental reasons. Together with his son he then set about restoring the car for old times' sake, eventually spending countless hours and over 10,000 to bring it to the fine condition you see today. The full specification is far too detailed to list in full but is amply covered in the huge history file that accompanies the car, with many bills and photographs. Virtually every part of the car has been renewed or restored with many upgrades including a rebuilt engine with Kent high-lift cam, uprated Weber carb and K&N air filters; Jamex uprated suspension; RS Turbo front brakes with Goodrich braided hoses all round; 16 BK racing wheels and wider tyres; RS Turbo seats and steering wheel. The bodywork was also fully restored with many new panels and repainted in the original black. Since the restoration was completed the car has barely been used and is still running-in. It has an MOT until May 2013 and is ready to show and enjoy.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number018
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2800
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberPTT 68W
Chassis numberWFOBXXGCABBB29794
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)1597
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2