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1980 Ford Escort XR3


Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th April 2021

  • 23-04-2021
  • Memorabilia Start Time: 00:00
  • Vehicles Start Time: 18:00

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1980 Ford Escort XR3

Current V5 present, paperwork includes current and previous MOT certificates, invoices of work carried out, valuation from XR Owners Club dated May 2019.

One of the famous 'TTW' press cars, many of which if not all, appearing extensively in Ford's hugely successful XR3 advertising campaign.

Further information will follow shortly on this superb unrestored XR3.

The vendor has provided the following:

Believed to be the oldest registered TTW Ford still on the road. The car is 40 years old and for the last 38.5 years has been owned by myself (13 years) and a friend for (25.5 years).

  • One of only 5 TTW registration cars known to exist. 
  • All TTW cars were registered on 21st November 1980.
  • TTW83W is one of the original press fleet XR's used in the M4 pictures and a total of 64 XR3's were positioned in the car park with a further 340 cars lined up on the M4 alongside the plant, the cars were then taken by dealers to their own garages as dealer demo before being sold on to retail customers. 
  • Most early W reg cars were registered in 1981, it's a common misinterpretation that of the cars on the shoot there were 500 used with consecutive reg numbers but this wasn't the case, a lot of the early TTW plates weren't assigned to XR3. 
  • This car is very very early production and would have been one of the first XR3's down the line. 
  • The vehicle has been owned by the current keeper for 13 years after they purchased it from a work colleague who bought the car in 1982 when it was 18 months old (bill of sale included). So only 2 owners in 38 and a half years. It also comes with a large folder which includes MOT's, receipts etc. 
  • In original condition with original paint/interior and has only covered 68,000 miles with MOT's dating back to 1998 to prove mileage.
  • The interior is all original from the steering wheel to the radio/cassette. It comes with electric windows, central locking, tilt/slide sunroof, front spot lights, front fog lights all as standard on the TTW cars. 
  • Now able to be registered as a historic vehicle. 

Tax and MOT exempt.

We highly recommend that you view in person any potential purchase and take time to inspect paperwork and make any relevant enquiries.

**This lot will go through our auction on Saturday 24 April**

On display at our Pickering site - Unit 10 Enterprise Way, Thornton Road Industrial Estate, Pickering YO18 7NA - please call us on 01751 477555. Thank you.

**NB: We do not guarantee mileage and ask that you make your own enquiries**


  • Lot Number: 195
  • Year: 1980
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Escort XR3
  • Registration: TTW 83W
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive: Front Wheel Drive
  • Engine Size: 1597
  • Current Milometer Reading: 66875
  • MOT Expiry Date: 18-02-2022
  • Estimate: Submit Best Bid