Posts Tagged ‘merkur’

Big Brother to XR2 and XR3 – 1987 Merkur XR4Ti

January 28, 2016

Nowadays, people don’t blink twice at weird model names. There are plenty of offenders, but BMW’s naming scheme is probably among the worst, which is how you end up with the BMW X5 Xdrive40d. Would it have been so horrible to call it the X535is? It’s enough to make you pine for the days when CR-X HF or XR4Ti was considered awkward, never mind the simplicity in names like Sentra XE. Nonetheless, for a make and model that were new to the American market, the marketing machine that was and is Ford could have definitely done something a little more evocative than a jumble of numbers and letters, which did their best to disguise the virtues of a turbo all-wheel drive coupe. Wait, you say it’s not all-wheel drive? But XR4… it has “X” and “4” in the model designation? Which, as it turns out, just designates it as the bigger brother of XR2 and XR3 (Fiesta and Escort, respectively). Let’s take a look at this 1987 Merkur XR4Ti for sale for $1500 in Grandview, WA.

1987 Merkur XR4Ti left rear


Rad! – 1985 Merkur XR4Ti

January 25, 2014

Sellers who pack their listings with unrelated keywords are mostly an annoyance, but every so often the perp does give it a little thought, and you unintentionally find an interesting car, thanks to their efforts. Even if you were just fuming because listings for Lexuses are filling up your search results. Regular readers probably are already familiar with the Merkur – based on the European Ford Sierra, with the 2.3-liter Lima four, turbocharged, two spoilers (one is not enough!), and other awesome 1980s styling cliches. Going for the manual transmission got you an additional 30hp to 175, so do not go into an automatic lightly. This first-year 1985 Merkur XR4Ti is for sale for $3100 in Pacific Beach (near San Diego), CA.

1985 Merkur XR4Ti left front


Saturated – 1985 Merkur XR4Ti

September 20, 2013

When you work with creative people, you get an interesting perspective on color, font, spacing, and other design-related characteristics. One interesting little tidbit is that Americans tend to have a preference for photography with more saturated colors – perhaps this dates back to the days of Technicolor movies and pictures? If you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with cars, or what saturated means when it’s not related to fat, take a look at this red 1985 Merkur XR4Ti, with bidding at $2200 and 4 days left to go in Fullerton, CA.

1985 Merkur XR4Ti right front