Location Broughton Astley, Leicestershire
Seller type Private
Mileage 93000
Engine 1.6 EFI
Year 1990
Transmission Manual
Fuel Petrol
Exterior Mercury Grey
Interior Grey
Estimate £4,000 - £10,000
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About this car

Selecting Gear are very pleased to offer this lovely example of an 80s icon, the Ford XR3i Cabriolet, first registered on the 22nd October 1990.

With its super sharp looks and sporty demeanour, the XR3i was achingly cool when it was introduced back in the mid 80s and was more than a match for the other hot hatches available at the time. With the roof down there was no finer way to enjoy a B-road on a sunny Sunday than putting an XR3i cabriolet through its paces.

Housing the 108bhp 1.6 CVH EFI engine, this fine example for auction here is one of the later examples, accommodating what is widely regarded as the ‘engine of choice’ for the XR3i, with Ford developing an electronic fuel injection system in 1988 which was further enhanced with the introduction of the EFI model in the last year of production, of which this example is one such model.

The interior is beautifully clean and in very good order with no rips or tears, solid side bolsters and no cracks or colour fading to the dash and surround, with the only very minor issue to resolve being a faulty rear heated windscreen

The exterior of the car is presented in gleaming Mercury Grey and is in near perfect condition with only some very minor age-related marks. The hood and tonneau cover are in excellent condition and the car shows no sign of rust. In fact, the last MOT tester was so blown away by the condition of the car, especially underneath, that they filmed the underside of the vehicle whilst being tested! The video can be found at the bottom of this page.

The car is currently owned by a real car enthusiast and has not had any expense spared in getting it to the condition we find it in here. The extensive work carried out in the last 2 years includes:


New fuel tank and used fule pump/sender

New cam belt /tentioner

New bottom arms

New track rod ends

New discs and front calipers

New rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders

Complete clutch

New head lights

New front indicators

New spot lamps (have originals)

New shockabsorbers all round and suspention bushes

Braded brake hoses

New battery

New vodafone automotive alarm

Oil/oil filter/plugs/air filter fitted 01/02/2020

New air temp sender

New rad fan switch

New radiator

Found and fitted new radio

New road springs

New set of car mats

New exhaust systeam and rubbers

New ideal control valve

New valve guid oil seals


The car has had 10 previous owners, with the previous owner keeping hold of it for 7 years. It sailed through its last MOT (with zero advisories) on 31/05/2020. The car is HPI clear and comes with a stack of old MOTs and service history that verify the mileage.

The engine runs beautifully with no smoking, weeps or leaks, clunks or knocks and is a joy to use through the still slick and precise 5 speed gearbox. Weighing just 980kgs and producing 108bhp, the XR3i can’t help but put a real smile on your face.

This example truly is a time warp classic, wears it’s 93,000 miles amazingly well and is a real credit to its fastidious owner.

With an extremely sensible reserve on a beautifully maintained fast ford, don’t miss this opportunity to own a beautifully maintained icon of the 80s.

All listed cars are HPI checked with certificates available for viewing. The HPI check for this car is showing as clear for finance, damage or stolen recovered. Click here to view.

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