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Northern_Mike wrote:XR3i isn't worth £2000! Lol. They're horrid things.

I have no idea either why MK2 Escorts are so revered. They're nothing special at all. I can see why someone would pay money for a good DS, even though they're not my thing (never had a ride in one, might change my mind if I had, don't really like the looks) but for a MK2 Escort? £6500? That's just bonkers.

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I have no idea either why MK2 Escorts are so revered. They're nothing special at all
If nothing else some value will always be there as you can get "papers" with Escorts for Classic race/rally....thus they will always hold a certain value due to that.

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Stickyfinger wrote:
I have no idea either why MK2 Escorts are so revered. They're nothing special at all
If nothing else some value will always be there as you can get "papers" with Escorts for Classic race/rally....thus they will always hold a certain value due to that.
Yes, I know about their motors port heritage but seriously, how many people actually race or rally them? I only saw a few at the revival racing.

Will they suddenly be worth nothing when the generation that remembers them fondly all die?

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I expect that MK I Escort would have gone for a heck of a lot more had it been a saloon...

I agree about the XR3i. Not Fraud's finest hour...

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CitroJim wrote:I expect that MK I Escort would have gone for a heck of a lot more had it been saloon

I agree about the XR3i. Not Fraud's finest hour...
I believe it's the 2-door MK1 and 2 that are the holy grail of Escorts. The rallying people like them.. they go for silly money. I'm yet to understand why.

XR3i was a curious thing. The MK3 Escort was such, such a better car than the MK2 in every way even if you take the Crap Vibrating Harsh engine into account. Ford had a chance to create a great hot-hatch with it and gave us the XR3i instead I thought it looked great actually, especiay in black . I went to test drive one... it was a 3-door Escort with stripes on. That's all. VW had the Golf GTi MK2, Peugeot the 205 GTi, Renault the 5 GT Turbo, and Ford gave us an Escort with stripes. Wow.

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Anything that flexes the door pillars when you open the door, na, keep the XR3i/Escort and throw it away along with the the BL range at the time.

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Stickyfinger wrote:Anything that flexes the door pillars when you open the door, na, keep the XR3i/Escort and throw it away along with the the BL range at the time.
The XR3i Cabrio was more flexible than a flexible thing.... Moreso than an Allegro some say...

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CitroJim wrote:
Stickyfinger wrote:Anything that flexes the door pillars when you open the door, na, keep the XR3i/Escort and throw it away along with the the BL range at the time.
The XR3i Cabrio was more flexible than a flexible thing.... Moreso than an Allegro some say...
I think the MX5 is the only affordable cabrio ever built that didn't flex at the door pillars when new! They do when they're old and have rotted, but they're properly stiff - 4* safety rating too, even the early ones! Which came out while the XR3i was still new back in 1989..

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Not just the cabrio's, saloons as well

I have NEVER felt safe in any of those cars from that time, why I had old stuff and then a SAAB.

(that said the Little Lancia would of fallen apart if I farted the way I do in my old age !)

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Going backto the early 1980's I very nearly bought one of these. Not in the conventional fashion of course, but those days buying a car from "Yerp" at a massive saving from buying from th UK was all the rage, Which? guides and everything. Mr Deschemaker from his Ford dealership Belgium was very helpful, but in the end it didn't happen, and I bought a Lancia Beta out the Evening Chronicle instead!

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Ah.....the Lancia Beta......much maligned but with beauty being in the eye of the beholder still looks good to me

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LOVELY car with a nice oil leak :)

I hate to admit it here but I was looking at a Alfa GTV V6 if I had not found a decent Activa but .......I made my decision but suffer a few regrets when I see that Beta and look at page one of this thread :)
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Is the GTV6 another case of a car looking good in brown?

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No.

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I always liked the round headlights in the MK 1 XR2 Fiesta... Much nicer than the old square ones...