Corgi VA11010 1:43 Ford Escort Mk3 XR3 Caspian Blue
Ford created a new performance badge in November 1980 when they launched the XR3, the first of what became a range of XRs. The example modelled was built in September 1982, and registered in October to Mr I.C.W. Hulson by Ford dealers Appleyards in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Mr J.W. Hockenhull acquired it in 1985, used it until 1993 then placed it in dry-storage with 101,000 miles showing. It was unearthed in 2008 and listed on eBay. XR Owners Club Member Stuart Trowell, from Burton-on-Trent, who'd wanted one since childhood was the winning bidder and he continues to enjoy his first, and so far only, XR3.