FORD FI­ESTA XR2 (1981-83)

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - David Simister

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 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.

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