FORD FIESTA XR2 (1981-83)
Ford’s baby hot hatch wasn’t always the highly valued and sought after car it is now. If you’d been in the market for an XR2 back in 2002 you’d have been able to pick up a really good example for less than £1500 and would now be feeling rather smug. Values barely moved for years, but the strong market for 1980s performance cars has really pushed prices up since 2007, and as a result prices for the best ones have quadrupled over the past decade. We’re not surprised – it’s a great car to drive, and yet it’s been
seriously undervalued for a long time.
THE CCW VIEW
The XR2 might not be hitting as many headlines as its Capri and Cosworth cousins, but it’s jumped in value for the same reasons they have; there’s a very strong market for fast Fords at the moment, and it’s 1980s models that are recording the biggest rises. The publicity given to the Fiesta’s 40th anniversary last year has helped to put it in the spotlight too, so we wouldn’t be surprised if values rise even further.