The Classic Sale At Silverstone Festival 25th - 27th August 2023

The Classic Sale at Silverstone Festival 2023 Cars 272 Registration: FUY 950X Chassis No.: WF0BXXGCABBR49532 Estimate: £20,000 - £25,000 Specialist: Stacey Williams Telephone No: 07472 250306 Lot 747 1981 Ford XR3 - 992 Miles No one could do go-faster quite like Ford, and at its unveiling in August 1980, the XR3 represented a master class in addenda-driven design. The whale-tail spoiler, the distinctive - soon to be iconic - cloverleaf alloy wheels both became instant classics. Its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine was hailed as the height of modernity and could rustle up a whole 96bhp. Okay, it may have been less than 100bhp, but this was 1980 and in the XR3’s defence, its 8.5sec 0-60mph time was quicker than the Golf GTI’s, with 14bhp less. First registered on 1st August 1981 to it’s one and only keeper, this superbly presented Ford XR3 has just been recommissioned, with new fuel and water pipes and a new exhaust system after being laid up when it had covered just 992 miles on the road between 1981 and 1984. It’s finished in its original Diamond White, accented by the correct black plastic and rubber trims with factory sunroof, and sits on its original 14” Clover alloys. It’s trimmed in red/grey laser cloth and has the the small two-spoke steering wheel which was fitted to the early cars. Its factory Philips ‘P-Series’ radio remains, along with factory features including climate control/ventilation, wind-down windows and a heated rear window. The Anthracite headlining, door cards, and carpeting show only minimal wear reflecting the super-low-mileage. Powered by Ford’s (revolutionary at the time)1.6-litre Canted Valve Hemispherical chamber (CVH) engine mated to a twin-choke Weber carburettor which generated 96bhp at 6,000rpm offering 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 113mph. It’s fitted with a 4-speed manual transmission which was standard on pre-February 1982 cars. This time-warp Ford is supplied with the original keys and the dealer book pack, as presented by Spate Ford of Malvern, including the service record detailing its one and only service. This superb XR3 would grace the home of any serious Ford collector or enthusiast, and will surely be one of the stars of any Blue Oval event. With less than 100 reported to be left on the road, is this the lowest-mileage XR3 left? An iconic 1980s hot hatch with just one keeper from new and less than 1,000 miles. Surely the lowest-mileage XR3 left? More Details Lot 747 Bid On Lot 747