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1985 Ford Fiesta XR2 – Reserve Met

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  • Mileage~73,371 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.6L
  • LocationBarnstaple


1985 Ford Fiesta XR2 – Reserve Met

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Jacob Boodrie
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The perky hot hatch which nods to Ford’s successful rally and motorsport heritage.

From the spot lights on the front grille to the extra wide wheel arches and unique pepper pot wheels, the XR2 stood out in the Fiesta range. It was the pick of the bunch, with a 1.6L engine previously seen in its bigger brother the Escort XR3. With ~95BHP available, it may seem tame by todays hot hatch standards, but it’s still a fun little car, remembering these older cars weighed a lot less than today's equivalents.

This XR2 is coming to market from ~4 years of ownership with Steven. It comes with some history that details upkeep, restoration and maintenance of the mechanical and cosmetic aspects of this hot hatch. Presented in an attractive light Paris Blue over grey colourway, it's a lovely specification with a sporty appeal.

This listing was written from information supplied by Jacob after meeting Steven the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I've been collecting Fords since my early 20's and I've always loved the XR2 shape.

Steven is a huge Ford fan, this XR2 is one of many from his collection, and due to limited space in his already full garage, Steven has decided to part with this example.

Due to his extensive Ford knowledge, Steven is very particular with selecting the best examples for his collection, this one was no exception - an excellent unmodified and restored Fiesta XR2 example.

Steven will be happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

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The boxy body of the XR2 stands out from the other classic fords, with its red sporty pinstripe and rally ready spot lights.

Wheels and Tyres

The period correct pepper-pot wheels finished in silver make this XR2 really stand out. On this example, the wheels appear very well cared for, with no sign of any obvious damage to any of the wheels since the restoration.

The wheels are fitted with Yokohama A539 tyres and these appear to also be in great condition, dated 2016 with a good amount of tread remaining and no visible cracking or signs of age to the outside sidewalls that we could see.


The bodywork of this sporty hot hatch looks in good condition, with all the panel gaps around the car looking to align very well. During our visit we didn't spot any obvious dings down the flanks of the car, everything looking crisp and sharp.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Finished in this iconic Paris Blue with sporty red pinstripe. The paint is finished to a lovely standard, with even coverage and colour across each panel. The car was stripped down to bare metal and resprayed in its original Paris Blue during the Toby Brooks Cars restoration in 2018.

Again, we have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

The glass on this Ford XR2 example looks good and in line with restoration, we didn't notice any chips, cracks, or discolouration on our visit. The window seals look good too and in line with the rest of the condition of the car.

The black satin bumpers, door handles, and window surrounds all look in good condition too - they would just benefit further from some black trim restorer to bring them back to their original colour.


Striped period cloth seats offer deep bolsters to hold you in place around the corners.

Seats and Carpets

The cloth seats present in very good condition for the age and recorded mileage of the car.

Carpets appeared to be in great condition too.

Please take a look at the photos and video below to decide on the condition of the seats and carpets for yourself.


The dashboard in this XR2 shows no signs of any major damage or scuffs.

With no warning lights displayed, the odometer showed a reading of ~73,371 miles on our visit.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The original Ford steering wheel presents in good condition in line with the mileage of this car, the gearstick looks good too.

Take a look at the image gallery to see the detail of the interior.


The restored XR2 comes fully equipped with it's rebuilt 1.6L block producing ~95bhp ready for your next classic rally day.

Engine and Gearbox

The 1.6L engine from Ford is a well regarded and reliable unit. On the day of our visit we started the car from cold, and it performed well out on the road - the engine pulled nicely, idled smoothly, and ran without fault.

Steven reports the car starts from cold with no issues and drives well with its smooth manual five-speed gearbox powering the wheels.

Please take a look at the mechanical video to see the car starting from cold, driving around, and for a closer look underneath the XR2, and the recently rebuilt engine bay.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension appears in good condition and provided a smooth journey on the sweeping Devonshire roads.

On our short drive in the car, it felt just as you'd expect for a Fiesta from this era, coming to a stop without a fuss too.

The Drive

Strap in and get ready for an extremely fun and nippy drive with this XR2. The car fired up the first time with no issues to report. On the road with Steven, the car felt tight, it had plenty of power to push it along the road and around those sweeping corners.

We didn’t notice any unusual noises coming from the engine or suspension either.

Electrics and Other

We didn’t test all the electrics during our visit, but Steven reports that to his knowledge all of the electrics are functional and operational, in line with the rest of the condition of the car.

History and Paperwork

Restored mechanically and cosmetically to a very good and original finish, this XR2 is ready to be loved and enjoyed this summer.

The car is coming out of a ~4 year ownership with Steven. The car has bags of originality and with the Ford 1600CC engine which has that little bit more oomph to it than the standard Fiesta models. The car comes with a photo book documenting the restoration of the car carried out in 2018. Take a look at this history and paperwork media to see the previous MOT reports, parts this XR2 has received over its life and the recent cosmetic restoration carried out in 2018.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23.11.2022 MOT 73,290
02.08.2019 MOT 73,274
20.07.2018 MOT 73,020
07.09.2017 MOT 72,861
Key Details
  • ModelFiesta XR2
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date24.05.1985
  • CC1600CC
  • Mileage~73,371 on clock
  • ColourParis Blue
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimCloth
  • Chassis #VS6BXXWPFBFM60609
  • Engine #FM60609
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOTYes. Exp - 22.11.2023
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes - all clear
  • Former Keepers9
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandYokohama
  • Tyre Age2016
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned4 years
  • Key FeatureCondition
  • Auction ID1344

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Kulraj Salh

Auction Update – The reserve on this auction has been met, the car will sell to the highest bid this evening. Good luck if you’re involved in the bidding. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics