Lot 181 - 1988 Ford Escort XR3i ‘Rattlesnake’
|Odometer reading||35,042 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £19,000|
- One of only 25 ‘Rattlesnakes’
- Rare and highly desirable
The Ford Escort is a small family car that was manufactured from 1968 to 2004 and was produced in six different model derivatives. The fourth version of the Ford Escort was launched in March 1986, with only a small number of changes over its predecessor. Optional new features included a mechanical anti‐lock braking system (standard on RS Turbo models), a fuel computer on fuel-injected models and a heated windscreen. These changes were welcome at a time when the Escort was faced with a host of new competitors; General Motors had brought out a new version of the Vauxhall Astra 18 months earlier, shortly after Volkswagen had introduced the Mk. II Golf. As well as an all-new interior, a new derivative of the CVH engine was introduced, as well as numerous suspension tweaks to address the long-standing criticisms of the Escort's handling and ride quality. In 1988 Ford developed electronic fuel injection system replacing the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system in the XR3i.
Originally registered on 1st August 1988, this Escort is number two of 25 vehicles. With the ‘Rattlesnake’ body kit supplied by Fibretechnics, it was fitted by Dagenham Motors who were responsible for christening the car, the RS1900. This 31 year old example has had six keepers in total and the mileage of 35,042 appears to be correct although not warranted. The black coachwork is in very good order as is the grey velour trim. Sitting proud, sounding great and looking superb, this Escort XR3i ‘Rattlesnake’ is a very rare and highly desirable example. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a full years MoT test certificate, together with some invoices, this is an opportunity to purchase one of Dagenham’s’ finest limited edition models.
Previous lotLot 180 - 1958 Rover P4 105R
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