The latest addition to my garage is a very tidy 1989 XR3i in Schwarz Black. I was looking to sell my Caspian Blue Mk3 so I could buy a Diamond White Mk4, but somehow ended up at the opposite end of the spectrum. I love the shape of the Mk4, and it’s creature comforts like heated front windscreen, electric windows and electric mirrors. The car originally came from the now long gone Candor Ford dealership in Colchester, Essex. It still has the original dealer number plates fitted, one key fits all (plus a spare), and has clearly been looked after throughout its life. Although it’s not in perfect condition, it won’t require much to get the car to a presentable standard.
I sold my Red 1990 XR2i, which was a project to keep me busy through the winter months. It had two former keepers. The first owner, an elderly man, kept the car for 22 years and maintained the car regularly ensuring the service book was stamped and all paperwork was kept. The body work was in good order, only needing a small amount of welding to the floor and a new panel around the fuel filler cap. Or at least that’s what I thought. I sold the XR2i to my father in law, who has since stripped it completely, revealing plenty of rust in all the usual places. He has made a vast amount of progress on the car, with many new panels being welded in. He hopes to have it finished and resprayed for the 2017 season.
The Caspian Blue Mk3 XR3i I owned for 18 months, before wanting to move back to the Mk4.
So, I needed a new project to keep my busy through the winter of 2016/2017. I ended up with a 1990 spec RS Turbo in Mercury Grey. Someone has spent a lot of time and money on the car already, with all the bodywork being done to a very high standard. It will need a respray to finish it off, and the engine needs to be removed for that. You can see more of my cars on my YouTube channel.