Ford Es­cort XR3i

EN­GINE 1597cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 105bhp@6000rpm TORQUE 102lb ft@4800rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 118mph 0-60MPH 9.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 28-35mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT May 2018 ODOMETER 70,068 miles

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Start­ing the en­gine re­veals a smooth idle with no wor­ry­ing noises or ex­haust smoke. The 105bhp 1597cc en­gine pulls strongly and feels quicker than its rel­a­tively low power out­put would sug­gest. Steer­ing is heavy but pre­cise, with no dead ar­eas. The gearchange feels ac­cu­rate de­spite the long throw and feels like it has many miles left in it. Syn­chromesh on these cars of­ten wears on sec­ond and third gears, but this one is fine. The brakes are strong and firm, with no tram­lin­ing. In short, it drives like an Es­cort XR3i should.

BODY­WORK CHECK

Mi­nor cor­ro­sion spots are vis­i­ble on the near­side of the tail­gate (which also has a cou­ple of dings in it) and on the near­side rear whee­larch, but there’s no no­tice­able rust in the sills. The wind­screen has a chip in it, though it doesn’t look big or se­ri­ous enough to war­rant an MoT fail­ure. The car has, how­ever, re­cently had thou­sands of pounds’ worth of parts fit­ted to it to re­turn it to stan­dard. This work in­cluded fit­ting orig­i­nal five-spoke 13inch wheels (which are in fine con­di­tion and shod with new Avon tyres all round) and the cor­rect black strip­ing on the front and rear bumpers.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The orig­i­nal seat up­hol­stery is clean, with no ma­jor tears or bro­ken springs, though the driver’s seat is sag­ging a lit­tle. The ven­dor has spent time re­turn­ing the in­te­rior to stan­dard in the past three years, with work in­clud­ing re­plac­ing the car’s af­ter­mar­ket white­faced di­als with cor­rect black ones. The door cards are clean, in­tact (no ugly holes cut in them for speak­ers, thank­fully) and mostly scuff-free. The ra­dio/ cas­sette player is non-orig­i­nal but works. The par­tial ser­vice his­tory is in the glove­box.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay is as clean as they come on a £5000 Es­cort XR3i – it’s al­most spot­less, in fact, with prac­ti­cally no rust vis­i­ble any­where. The en­gine has re­cently been fit­ted with a new ra­di­a­tor and Varta bat­tery, and oil and coolant are clear, clean and to the cor­rect lev­els. Some elec­tri­cal tape has been used to se­cure a few wires here and there, but it’s not enough to cause con­cern, and most of the other leads ap­pear to be new and of a high qual­ity.

THE CCW VIEW

This rep­re­sents a lot of fast Ford for the money. The fact that it has no rust on it (not even in the whee­larches, like many Es­corts of this age) and just over 70,000 miles on the clock makes it look like ex­cel­lent value, es­pe­cially com­pared to the ear­lier, more square-rigged Es­cort MkIII. Cur­rently in tidy, us­able con­di­tion, its next owner could use it every day as it is, or – given its low mileage and gen­eral con­di­tion – sort its mi­nor foibles and get it to show-stan­dard. Val­ues can only go one way.

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