Once an incredibly popular vehicle and a common sight on our roadways, the Ford Escort has transformed into a bit of a collectible in recent years, and we aren’t just talking about rare performance variants of the economical small car. Over the past couple of months, some very nice, low-mile Escorts have popped up for sale at various online auctions, including a well-preserved 1987 GT and a 28k-mile 1988.5 GT, to name just a couple. Now, those looking for a nice example of this beloved model have yet another one they can bid on – this 43k-mile 1989 Ford Escort that’s currently up for grabs at Cars & Bids.
Thanks to its low mileage total and the fact that it has lived its entire life in California, this 1989 Ford Escort still looks nearly as good as new, and it’s completely unmodified as well. The LX-trimmed model is finished in Wild Strawberry Pearl Metallic on the outside, which has the typical minor scratches and chips, along with a set of 14-inch wheels some older tires that probably need to be replaced at this point.
The red interior is in equally sanitary condition, with few frills – as was typically the case for economy cars back in this era – though it is equipped with an AM/FM cassette stereo, intermittent wipers, and a digital clock, at least. The main draw here was the Escort’s simplicity and low price tag back in its heyday, which – combined with pleasant driving dynamics – helped make it a hit with consumers.
In terms of power, this 1989 Ford Escort is packing the naturally-aspirated Ford 1.9L I-4 engine, which was originally rated to produce 90 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. That isn’t much, obviously, but it does flow to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission, at least. Regardless, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a bidding war break out for this very nice Escort, given how popular these little cars still are today.