Restored 1982 Ford Fiesta XR2 'hot hatch' poised to sell for £22,000

Battered 1982 Ford Fiesta XR2 ‘hot hatch’ is tipped to sell for £22,000 after owner spent five years restoring it from metal shell with no wheels, doors, windows, bonnet or engine

  • Fiesta XR2 was popular with boy racers in the 1980s but is now a collectors’ item among former owners
  • Auctioneers say the restored Fiesta is the best they have ever seen and possibly the finest in existence 
  • The 1982 model has a pre-sale estimate of £22,000 but the figure is likely to be much higher 
  • Its current owner is an anonymous UK-based enthusiast who has sourced the correct Ford branded parts
  • The Fiesta is being sold online by H&H Classics due to the coronavirus pandemic and takes place on April 29 

A once battered Ford Fiesta ‘hot hatch’ is tipped to sell for £22,000 after undergoing a five-year restoration, transforming it from a shell.

The Fiesta XR2 was hugely-popular with boy racers in the 1980s but is now a collectors’ item among former owners.

This 1982 model looks exactly as it did when it left the factory following the painstaking restoration by its current owner.  

When the current owner, an anonymous UK-based enthusiast, bought it, the motor was just a shell and had no wheels and was missing its doors, windows, engine and front bonnet.

The black motor, that has less than 90,000 miles on the clock, has now been consigned for sale with H&H Classics of Warrington, Cheshire.

The auctioneers say the Fiesta is the best example they have ever seen and is possibly the finest in existence. 

A once battered Ford Fiesta ‘hot hatch’ (pictured above) is tipped to sell for at least £22,000 after undergoing a five-year restoration

When the current owner, an anonymous UK-based enthusiast, bought it, the motor was just a shell (pictured) and had no wheels and was missing its doors, windows, engine and front bonnet

They have given it a pre-sale estimate of £22,000 but that figure is likely to be much higher.

A spokesman for H&H Classics said: ‘This is the best Fiesta XR2 we have ever seen and possibly the finest in existence.

‘It is simply stunning and has been painstakingly professionally restored over a five-year period by the vendor.

 ‘The quality and attention to detail is absolutely staggering.

‘Much time and money has been spent on sourcing the correct Ford branded parts.

‘A full pictorial record shows the various stages of the work carried out.


There is also a grey cloth interior. The two door car has a pristine black and white two-tone body with a red strip running down the sides


Under the bonnet is a 1.6 litre engine and the Ford radio is original along with features carefully sourced by the current owner

‘The whole car has been both mechanically and bodily restored with no area left untouched with the exception of the interior which is pleasingly original even down to the Ford radio, undamaged door cards and rear parcel shelf.

‘This is surely a unique opportunity to acquire what is arguably the finest example currently available.’

The two door car has a pristine black and white two-tone body with a red strip running down the sides.

There is also a grey cloth interior and under the bonnet a 1.6 litre engine.

In recent years the market for Ford hot hatches has ballooned, as teenagers from the 1980s now have more disposable income and are ‘buying back their youth.’

Rallying versions of the Ford Sierra Cosworth now change hands for over £100,000.

The Fiesta is being sold online due to the coronavirus pandemic and takes place on April 29. 


Much time and money has been spent on sourcing the correct Ford branded parts including the wheels. The log book along with documentation come with the car


Extras have been added to the car including a sunroof. A full pictorial record shows the various stages of the work carried out

The black motor, that has less than 90,000 miles on the clock, has now been consigned for sale with H&H Classics of Warrington, Cheshire

The whole car has been both mechanically and bodily restored with no area left untouched with the exception of the interior which is pleasingly original even down to the Ford radio, undamaged door cards and rear parcel shelf

In recent years the market for Ford hot hatches has ballooned, as teenagers from the 1980s now have more disposable income and are ‘buying back their youth’

The popular boy-racer car was recently given a back to bare metal restoration and now looks exactly as it did when it left the factory

The Fiesta is being sold online due to the coronavirus pandemic and takes place on April 29 

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