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1985 Ford Escort

XR3i Hatchback

Vehicle values by condition

Fair
Condition 4
£2,310
#4 cars are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped.
Good
Condition 3
£4,560
#3 cars could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 car, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior.
Excellent
Condition 2
£8,750
#2 cars could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 cars that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws.
Concours
Condition 1
£15,480
#1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best car, unmodified, in the right colours, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours.
Insurance premium for a
1985 Ford Escort XR3i Hatchback
valued at £4,560
£154.74 / year*

History of the 1982 - 1990 Ford Escort

1982 - 1990 Ford Escort
1982 - 1990 Ford Escort

Ford Escort XR3 / XR3i, 1980 to 1990

The Ford Escort XR3 and later fuel-injected XR3i was Ford's answer to the hot hatch boom of the 1980s that other manufacturers had already capitalised on. Based on the already popular Ford Escort 1.6, the XR3 (XR being a long-time Ford performance designation) was launched in the UK in September 1980 with a 1597cc 4-cylinder transverse OHC engine mated to a four-speed box driving the front wheels. Black window surrounds, alloy wheels, fabric sports seats and a two-spoke steering wheel added sports kudos to this pocket rocket.

The Escort XR3 was an immediate success, being one of Ford's top-sellers in its first year of manufacture, but did attract some criticism of its ride and handling. As a result, the car was given to Ford's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, with the result that in late 1982, the Ford Escort XR3i was unveiled. Using Bosch Jetronic fuel injection and a five-speed gearbox, the car now produced 105bhp and looked the part too: a new spoiler, wheel trims, interior overhaul and body-coloured bumpers created a car that gave stylish, sports performance to a generation of British drivers.

In 1984, a two-door convertible based on the XR3i hatchback was added to the range, although not officially designated the XR3i until February 1986. With the same power output as the hatchback, it was another hit and led to two further limited editions in 1990: the two-tone in red/moonstone, blue/moonstone or gold/grey, with leather-sided seats and the All Blue in Pacifica blue with RS Turbo-style alloys and leather seats. Both limited editions had power windows. The Ford Escort XR3i both hatchback and convertible was discontinued in the UK in September 1990.

The Ford Escort XR3i has risen in popularity again in the last few years as an iconic modern classic. Alternatives from the era include the Volkswagen Golf GTi and the Peugeot 205 GTI.

All 1985 Ford Escort body types

Year Make Model Submodel Body Type Average value
1982 Ford Escort XR3i Hatchback £ 2,310 4,560 8,750 15,480
1984 Ford Escort XR3i Convertible £ 2,000 3,900 7,300 12,500
1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo MK3 Hatchback £ 8,000 17,000 25,000 35,000
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