These days, it isn’t just the more desirable, highly valuable collector cars that are generating interest at online auctions and for sale sites. In recent months, we’ve seen low-mile examples of less-desirable vehicles popping up for sale all over the internet, including a 1990 Ford Aerostar, a 1984 Lincoln Continental with a BMW-derived diesel, an S197 Ford Mustang GT convertible, and a 2004 Ford Taurus. Now, that growing list includes another cool but unloved-by-collectors Blue Oval model – this 1986 Ford Escort L hatchback up for grabs at Cars & Bids.
The Ford Escort has long held a soft spot in the hearts of FoMoCo fans, and this particular example is in simply exceptional condition with just 49,200 miles on the clock, though actual mileage is unknown and is likely more like 149,200 miles. Regardless, the Regatta Blue beauty could very well be the nicest 1986 Ford Escort L hatchback left in existence, in fact, and as an added bonus, it’s fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox.
Of course, no one would dare call this an enthusiast-friendly machine, thanks to its 1.9L I-4 that was originally rated to produce a mere 86 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. Regardless, it is a nicely equipped example with air conditioning, which is a huge bonus. And besides, cars like this were designed to be fuel-efficient people movers, not track dominating performance machines.
In the provided pictures, the Escort certainly looks stellar, but there are a few flaws as one would expect from a 35-year-old vehicle. That includes some fading on the plastic trim pieces, a couple of paint chips and scratches, cracked trim, bubbling paint, a dent, and a little bit of rust. The good news is, these cars are known to run forever, and this one would be a fantastic driver for anyone who’s nostalgic about Fords built in the 1980s.