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1989 Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet


  • Very tidy, factory standard XR3i convertible 
  • Thick history file 
  • Recent bodywork restoration 
  • Well kept and very original car 


The Golf GTI wrong-footed Ford, but not for long.  After all, it was familiar territory: the firm had been building fast versions of its family saloons for years.  The XR3 gave buyers a blue collar alternative to the Volkswagen, one that was simpler but more exciting.  Later fuel injection would match the Golf’s power hikes.  

The Mk4 lightly evolved the looks but introduced more luxury and better build quality.  The cleverly engineered convertible gave buyers more XR3-based versatility.

As any 80s enthusiast will know, XR3i convertibles had to be white.  Here is a timely reminder of those times, a beautifully factory-standard car whose low mileage means it is in splendidly preserved condition.  

With 74,500 believed genuine miles on the clock, it was restored a few years ago by a Ford enthusiast and comes with lots of history.  
The XR3i convertible is the best of both worlds: evocative hot hatch and practical four seater convertible.  This one looks very tempting.  


  • First registered 1st January 1990 
  • 10 registered keepers 
  • Current keeper since October 2021 
  • Original RHD car supplied to the Channel Islands and imported in 1990
  • Fully restored in late 2010s
  • Lots of historic bills and service invoices
  • Original owner’s manual
  • Service book stamped to 73,734 miles
  • UK V5C 
  • Lots of old MOTs
  • Restoration photos
  • Original sales brochure
  • Historic V5s


  • Well kept and factory standard car in popular white 
  • Smart grey velour Recaro seats
  • Some minor wear to driver’s side seat piping
  • Light razing to rear soft top rear trim mounts
  • Fully functioning electric roof
  • Aftermarket Kenwood stereo 
  • White dials
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Excellent, clean and smart overall condition
  • Restored and repainted in the 2010s 
  • Superb Diamond White paint finish
  • Refurbished RS alloys
  • Very good soft top with no notable damage 
  • Solid underside and recently rustproofed
  • Original-spec XR3i decals and badges
  • Ford mud flaps
  • Very good tonneau cover
  • Great overall condition – a really, really smart car


  • 1597cc fuel-injected CVH engine
  • Five-speed manual
  • Few miles since last service
  • Reported to be in great running order
  • Starts eagerly and runs well according to seller 
  • Strut brace and slightly lowered but otherwise standard 
  • All suspension and brakes overhauled during restoration

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Ford
  • Model Escort
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 74,695 Miles
  • Engine size 1598
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Port talbot
  • Location Wales
  • Country United Kingdom

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