We make no apologies for loving the Ford Escort Mk3 – it was a sharp-looking car, and just what the doctor ordered for Ford in 1980. Of course, the fast Ford Escorts are a different proposition, and loved by the classic car crowd for their ridiculous investment potential. We’re flagging up this one, though, because it’s storied, and well, we like how the XR3 looks…
This example is interesting, and is for sale at Barons upcoming Classic Winter Warmer sale at Sandown Park on 27 February. It’s said to be the oldest Ford Escort XR3 in the UK, with 85,000 miles on the clock and one of just three remaining original launch-spec cars. This XR3 was registered on 21 November 1980, and sent to Brooklyn Ford of Redditch as a demonstrator.
It’s been thoroughly restored using Ford Motorcraft parts and, since completion in 2017, it’s gained two best in class show wins. During this time, 1000 miles have been covered and the car is said to drive superbly. During the restoration, all new panels were used, and the interior is superb, free from sagging or tears, the dash free of cracks and the correct Shark Grey headlining in place.
Definitely one to watch, as the estimate is £11,000-£15,000…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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