1985 Ford Fiesta XR2

**Guide price of €11,000 - €13,000**


• Low mileage and original example of this increasingly rare “fast Ford” hero car
• A winner of concours, Ford and XR show prizes
• Comprehensive service history
• Accompanied by an extensive amount of invoices and MOT’s


The MK2 Ford Fiesta XR2 appeared in 1985 to build on the success and kudos of the Mk1 car. The main changes to the later car are a larger and more obvious body kit, a more powerful 1.6L CVH engine previously seen in the XR3 and a five-speed gear box. All useful and desirable enhancements.

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This car is an official Spanish built UK car currently registered and residing in Southern Ireland. The key appeal of this car is its complete originality, condition, and mileage. The owners are Ford enthusiasts and understand the importance of originality in the fast Ford community.

In fact, the owner reports that the XR2 is in stunning condition inside and outside, drives beautifully and has the correct exhaust which gives it that very distinctive XR2 crackle that we all remember.

This originality and condition is reinforced by the number of concours and show prizes that the car has enjoyed over its life.


As the picture package shows there is a great level of reassurance-giving paperwork and provenance with this car. This includes a large number of previous MOT’s, including its current Eire test certificate, a number of key invoices and, of course, those impressive concours and show prizes. Something for the new owner to be very proud of. There is also the original service booklet, tracking service activity up to 62k miles.

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It is hard to describe this car without repeatedly using the word “originality!” The red, blue and grey pinstriped fabric on the seats and door cards appears unripped and unmarked.

The plastics and vinyl of the dash and door cards are, again, apparently unmarked and very much period correct or original. The carpets have been protected by carpet mats and, hence, present very well indeed. Very unusually for this period, the sectioned parcel shelf is devoid of any aftermarket speakers or ugly holes where they once were.

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The exterior of this car walks that fine line of presenting in excellent condition but retaining a degree of originality which is very hard to find nowadays. The iconic 13 inch “pepper pot” alloy wheels look amazing and the period correct Pirelli P6000 tyres (front) and Hiflys (rear), are in the correct 185/60 size.

The panels all appear straight and free from chips, scratches or dents. The panel gaps are as tight and consistent as when the car left the Spanish Almussafes factory in 1985. There is a significant amount of black plastic on the exterior of the MK2 XR2 and this all presents very well without scratches or car park related damage.


Appropriately for a multiple prize winner the mechanical features of this car not only look great but have been very well maintained and, hence, work as you would expect. Add to this the low mileage for a car of this age and this is a rare mechanical specimen of an XR2.

The all-important timing belt, a quality Gates item, and water-pump were replaced at 73,305 miles so the new owner can enjoy many more miles of hot-hatch fun without concern.


The appeal of this XR2 is plain for all to see. It’s very low mileage, having averaged just a shade over 2,000 miles per year of its life! The originality is remarkable. Those in the know will understand how hard it is to find an unmolested XR2. 

Look no further, this is possibly the most original one we have seen for many years. Lastly, of course, this car is from an era when performance cars were still light, giving this car a power to weight ratio in the region of 100bhp per tonne. That spells fun and that original ethos of the XR2 remains in this amazing little fast Ford.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1985
  • Make Ford
  • Model Fiesta
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 74,588 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
  • Location International
  • Country Ireland
Bidding history
7 bids from 5 bidders
  • Wi•••• €11,500 19/01/22
  • we•••• €11,250 19/01/22
  • Ka•••• €11,000 13/01/22
  • Bi•••• €7,000 12/01/22
  • NI•••• €6,000 12/01/22
  • Bi•••• €5,000 12/01/22
  • Bi•••• €2,500 12/01/22

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