NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2017

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1989 Ford Escort XR3i

Lot No.: 301

Registration: G589 GSC
Chassis Number: WFOLXXGKALL546657
Engine Number: 46657
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1600
Year of Manufacture: 1989
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 22,500

Lancaster Insurance challenged Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead to go head to head in a charity Classic Rumble! Team Mike and Team Ant have been working tirelessly on their cars which will see both going up for auction on Saturday 11th November.

Mike's chosen beneficiary is the Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation, whose aim is to raise awareness and funding for research into Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis, a complicated disease that is characterised by the inflammation of the small blood vessels. All the money raised from the sale of this exquisite 1989 Ford Escort Cabriolet XR3i in Radiant Red will go to the foundation.

Mike chose to restore this XR3i, which was donated by Jim Crawford (the foundation founder and brother of Marie Boyd), as "Fast Fords are big news at the moment, the XR3i is now a sought-after collectible classic and to get the chance to do this one is exciting. My car will win because it's a usable everyday classic that will turn heads! There's no need to be precious with an XR3i, just run it and drive it."

The car has spent the majority of this year at Cross Street Garage in Swindon, where Blokie has been leading the restoration. The car has gone through a full nut and bolt process with every part being fully restored, refurbished or brand new and there have been some distinctive touches added, so the car is always associated with Mike Brewer, his team, and the charity. These include wonderful wheel centre caps that are embossed with #TeamMike, the #TEAMMIKE speedo on the dashboard and #TeamMike is also referenced on the intake on the engine. Mike has also signed the underneath of the car by the fuel tank, to add another special touch. The black sills and mirror bases will be finished in time for the sale. Additionally, in place of the Ford badges on the centre of the bonnet and right-hand side of the boot lid, will be bespoke Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation 2017 badges. In addition to the sale of the car, the lucky purchaser will also receive a bespoke painting of the car by 'Art by Bex', a TeamMike car cleaning kit donated by The Detailing Company and a warranty on the workmanship on the windscreen by Auto Windscreens.

The restoration has been a real group effort, with many companies and people donating their time and products to ensure this XR3i is ready for the auction. Mike comments: "It's always a delight getting the chance to bring a classic car back to life and to do it for charity makes this build even more special. I've had an amazing team behind me and the offers of help we've received from fellow enthusiasts and companies have been outstanding. If it wasn't for companies and individuals donating their time and products then it would not have been possible - so a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart".