Lancaster Insurance has chosen a 1980s hot hatch icon as its 2020 prize-draw giveaway car – a stunning Ford Escort XR3i. A firm favourite with enthusiasts, the 1984 car on offer is a superb example of the go-faster Mk3, featuring eye-catching Cloverleaf alloys, large black spoilers front and rear and the injected version of Ford’s 1.6-litre CVH.

The Sunburst Red example is already in fantastic condition having undergone an extensive restoration, but to fine tune it further, the classic car insurance specialist will be carrying out a range of modifications and upgrades, with our sister title Classic Car Mart exclusively covering the journey.

People can enter to win now at, as well as at shows Lancaster attends throughout the season. These will include Ford events up and down the country, furthering Lancaster’s blue oval connections after Mike Brewer restored an XR3i Cabriolet for charity in the #ClassicRumble against Ant Anstead in 2017. The lucky new owner will then be randomly selected at the end of the year.


Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, commented: “Following on from our Golf giveaway in 2018, we wanted to explore alternative hot hatches. Early XR3is are becoming increasingly rare and sought after and once we saw this example, we knew it was the right one. Its first outing of 2020 will be at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March and we’re looking forward to getting on the road to potentially meet the new owner!”