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Sold for: £16,313
When Ford launched the Escort XR3, the benchmark VW Golf GTi had ruled the hot hatchback market for several years. However, Ford's new offering was a package that combined the looks, performance, and handling demanded by customers in the early eighties. With the introduction of the fuel injected XR3i in 1983, performance was further improved and the XR range captivated a new younger audience who had moved on from the old rear-wheel drive Escorts beloved by their parents. Also introduced in 1983, the Escort Cabriolet in both XR3i and Ghia specifications was Ford of Europe's first convertible since the 1960s. Based around a reinforced monocoque chassis, the convertible was engineered by German coachbuilder Karmann. An elegant and practical design, it featured the same all-round independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and brakes as its more common hatchback siblings. Powered by a fuel-injected 1597cc SOHC four-cylinder engine allied to a five-speed manual transmission, the XR3i Cabriolet was capable of nearly 120mph and became the 'darling' of the 1980s overnight. This stunning 1989 XR3i is finished in a delightful shade of Aquafoam Metallic with a classic grey interior and is in truly remarkable condition having lived a sheltered life in the care of its one owner from new and having covered just under 11,000 miles in that time. Purchased in January 1989, this sparkling little cabriolet has been its owner's pride and joy ever since and has spent most of its life being admired in his garage. As one would expect the condition of the car is exceptional and appears untouched. It's accompanied by an excellent history file which includes its UK V5C which shows one former keeper despite only being a one owner car due to re-registering the car in his daughter's name in more recent years. Also present are its original factory book pack with the service book showing two stamps, the original sales invoice along with several other invoices and, importantly, a large number of MOTs and SORN records for the car. Silverstone Auctions has gained a well-deserved reputation for sourcing remarkable cars with low mileage and low ownership, and this delightful XR3i Cabriolet fits the bill perfectly.