Odds are, it’s been some time because you’ve seen a first-generation Ford Escort on the highway. Ford might have constructed a ton of them, nevertheless it certain didn’t construct any to final. Which is why this 1989 Ford Escort LX Hatchback is so attention-grabbing. Currently listed on the market on Cars & Bids, it doesn’t simply run and drive. It really appears prefer it’s in nice situation.
Why the earlier proprietor labored so exhausting to maintain a Ford Escort in near-showroom situation, we do not know. But we recognize the truth that they did. With lower than 43,000 miles on the odometer, that works out to one thing within the vary of 1,200 miles per yr, though the itemizing says the unique proprietor donated it to a charity sooner or later, so it’s doable that it was pushed extra regularly and has merely sat for some time.
But even when it hasn’t been pushed shortly, it certain cleans up properly. Its Wild Strawberry Pearl Metallic paint appears completely unbelievable, and it pairs properly with the crimson inside. Not everybody goes to be a fan of the red-on-red coloration combo, however those that do are going to adore it.
At the identical time, although, it’s nonetheless only a front-wheel-drive Ford that’s greater than 30 years outdated. Its 1.9-liter inline-four solely makes 90 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque. Even paired with a five-speed guide transmission and never an computerized, it’s nonetheless going to be past gradual. On a automobile with extra attraction, that will be much less of an issue, however we’re not so certain “1980s Ford Escort” and “charm” belong in the identical sentence.
The excellent news is, the itemizing says it’s been stored in California all of its life, so it hasn’t rusted almost as badly as the remainder of them most likely have. But even so, we’ve got a tough time imagining that the ultimate worth will find yourself being significantly excessive. And but, whoever the particular person who wins that is, we’re certain they’re going to adore it.