Estmimate £9,000 - £12,000. Owned since April 2013. The current owner bought in Lincoln this in 2013 form an enthusiast who had done a lot of work on the car and created the car it is today.
Owned since April 2013. The current owner bought in Lincoln in 2013 form an enthusiast who had done a lot of work on the car and created the car it is today. The car has recently been on loan to a local Ford dealership where it received much attention. Next to a new Fiesta Zetec S. Up until 2011 the car had been stored for 15 years, with a last MOT of October 1996 and 41k miles. This is a November 1988 car, first registered in February 1989. A sunroof was fitted as an factory option.
The Mk2 Ford Fiesta XR2 was the second version of the Fiesta model. ‘X’ for ‘X Pack’ and ‘R’ for ‘Racing. You got a full body kit with rally style front driving lights, a sportier suspension, vented discs, sports exhaust, and more horsepower.
There is no rust and the car is in standard specification. Arches have been scrubbed and refinished as required. Rear plastic body trim removed and refinished before being put back after new paint, in a glass-out process. 5 new Yokohama A539 tyres have recently been fitted.
The Mk2 received 8 more horsepower than the Mk1, taking it to a whopping 96BHP from the 1.6 litre CVH engine from the earlier and larger stablemate, the Escort XR3. It doesn’t sound a lot, but in a lightweight small car, it was a rocket ship on UK roads, however, it still wasn’t enough to threaten a VW Golf GTi. The engine is the original and very clean and detailed. It was serviced last March by me – oil, filter, air filter, plugs, water etc. The engine could accelerate from 0-60mph, taking about 10 seconds. Because it’s a bit lower to the ground than the standard Fiesta, and it feels very basic, you do feel that you are going a lot faster than you are. There is no power steering, but that adds to the driver experience of this iconic car. New or recent components include radiator, thermostat, heater matrix, auto choke, valve stem seals, oil breather, water pump, cam belt, alternator belt. The carburettor was serviced with a Weber kit, front and rear suspension refurbished along with many new brake components including brake pipes. New transmission mounts, new battery and rear windscreen, new wiper blades, aerial, filters and plugs. The rocker cover oil trap was removed, cleaned and re-welded and given a new gasket. Rocker and air cleaner refinished, coolant flush, header tank, hoses and washer bottle cleaned, original exhaust refinished in high temp paint.
The interior is described as ‘mint condition’. The Fiesta interior is a typical example of the sea of grey plastic that could be found on 1980s cars.
Appealing the aspirations of their drivers and owners has also been part of the make-up. Even from the days of the first Mustang, the range sought to appeal to the sports car enthusiast. In the UK there were sporting versions of much of Ford’s product, including Capri, Escort, Sierra and even the Ka were taken from the line and made into less mundane motors. Today we have the likes of the ‘ST’ models.
Sitting in the Fiesta XR2, it feels tiny but this makes you feel like an integral part of the car, It is a very 80s dash in front of you but that is all forgotten when you start the engine and start enjoying it for the special little car that it is.
This late model XR2 was equipped with several features that were optional on later models. These included a Centre Console With Cassette Drawer, electric boot release switch and light grey Rainbow cloth interior.
All the wheels were refurbished. The current wheels are the rare, hard to fine base wheel trim specification wheels. Today, they make a welcome change that would excite any Ford enthusiast. All under body components were removed. The underbody was stripped and treated were necessary. Many underside components were expertly finished in chassis black and the engine bay detailed. As an excellent example of the Mk2 Ford Fiesta XR2, it’s scarce. Values are on the rise and drivers are wanting to relive their 1980s aspirations all over again or for the first time. This example is described as taut with no rattles. The car is HPI checked and is clear.