Web Pick – 1983 MK1 Ford Fiesta XR2

Tidy… a nicely modifiedMK1 Ford Fiesta XR2 that tastefully retains much of the original’s aesthetics.

The original XR2 brought the hot hatchback game to Ford enthusiasts, delivering sub-10 second 0-60mph performance in a be-spoilered and wheel arched package that made the Golf GTI look distinctly tame. As great and chuckable as the XR2 was it always lent itself to modification, in particular extracting more power. The clever decals on this arresting 1983 car are a strong hint that the owner has done just that. Where there was 2 there is Z – for Zetec.

This car has been progressively improved by its long-term owner so that it is now running a 1.8-litre 130bhp Ford Zetec engine along with suitable upgrades to the transmission. The bodywork has been similarly improved, including a respray in Kawasaki Green. A former Classic Ford cover star and well known in Ford circles, this distinctive XR2 is proof of what can be achieved with some careful thought and a sympathetic approach. It neatly blends improvements with originality and looks ready to shine and show. Or perhaps surprise a few modern hot hatches through the twisties….

Listed on carandclassic.com HERE

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