PLEASE NOTE – IF YOU’VE SEEN THE CAR IN ‘CLASSIC CAR BUYER’, THIS XR3I HAS NOW SOLD AND MOVED TO A NEW OWNER FOR MANY MORE YEARS OF SUMMER FUN!
The XR3i is the sort of car that everyone can relate to. You had one. Your uncle had one. Your mates had one. Your mates Dad had one. It seems the XR3i is the car that most people can relate to.
So, 26 years on, what was it like owning the XR3i?
“I loved this little thing, everywhere I took it, people would stop to talk. Being a later model, it had the fuel injected EFI engine, so it was still fairly peppy by modern standards being a 1.6. With four usable seats, it’s the perfect car for summer. While I owned the car, it took us on a number of road trips, including a last minute, late night, top down, 5 up blast down to Stone Henge for Summer Solstice. We had to stop half way to retrieve a wooly hat that had flown off one of the girls at about 80mph, and by this point the starter motor had failed so it was bump start only… But with 5 of us, it looked like a scene out of Cool Runnings when we got it going each time. A great fun little car.”
William Hunt’s Verdict:
“With a car like this, there’s a fine line… When the lads turned up in it, they looked cool as hell… But with me behind the wheel? Somehow it transforms from a cool, retro soft top into a crap old car. I think it’s a generation thing. Joe and Jake looked like a couple of cool hipsters, I just look like an old man in an old car! I’m a big fan of the XR3i… But somehow it doesn’t suit me