XROC Magazine Feature Car – Ian’s XR2i

Ian spent two years looking for a clean, honest
Ford, before finally viewing this very tidy XR2i.
He’d seen plenty of less than ideal cars, XR3i,
XR2, RS1600i, and even took a 450 mile round trip to
Newcastle to view a Mk1 XR2. Then there was a mint
Supersport but the owner changed his mind when
taking it for a test drive.
The XR2i was advertised online, and Ian decided it was
worth a look. As soon as he saw it, he knew it was the
one. It was in perfect condition, with loads of paperwork,
a good history and only 3 owners from new… All from the
same family.
The father of the family bought the car from new for his wife,
who then passed it to their daughter. The final family
member to have the car was the grandson, who then sold the
car to Ian in May 2014.
There was 39,000 miles on the clock, backed up with old
MoT’s, service history and every invoice from the garage that
serviced it for 16 years.
Ian’s insurance company gave an agreed valuation of £4750,
although I’d expect that is a little too low.
In 2013/2014 the car had a light restoration and a full respray at
CRS in Kidderminster.
Since Ian has owned the car, he’s refurbished the alloys, had a
service, and purchased the private registration TOD 518. “I bought
the car as an investment for my son Todd, who will one day inherit
the car, and hopefully continue to take it to shows”, says Ian.
Ian traced all the history of the owners through the garage, Lodge Park
Service Station, who first looked after the car. “I visited him one day
when passing Redditch. He put me in touch with the factory where the
daughter worked and they put me in touch with her through facebook.
We’ve spoken about the car being in their family all its life”.
Future plans for the car are to simply enjoy it, and Ian’s hoping the car
gets an invite to the ultimate show, at the NEC.