1987 Merkur XR4Ti

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Does a 20-year-old car qualify for this series? In the case of the Merkur XR4Ti, I think it does- these things were pretty rare to begin with, and time has not been kind to the few that Ford did manage to sell. Sure, it was actually an Americanized Ford Sierra- common as hell in Europe at the time- but there were Dearborn dreams of the thing seeming exotic enough to swipe sales from the Germans and Japanese on these shores. This example, spotted in Alameda's East End, is in excellent shape- could it be someone has painstakingly restored a Merkur?

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Still, the XR4Ti had some cool stuff you didn't much see coming from Detroit at the time. A turbocharged SOHC engine, for example, and something we still don't see on the Mustang 20 years later: an independent rear suspension.

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See, folks, this is an import! Ford Werke AG had nothing to do with those boring ol' Tempos you see clogging your local highways, really!

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And the double spoilers! Isn't this rig the 80s-est thing you've ever seen? We all need to apply some Hair Product ASAP!

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Also incredibly 80s is the vinyl bra protecting that quality German bodywork.



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Oh man, memories. Right out of high school I was going to buy one of these or an SVO. I couldn't find a decent SVO in the price range I was looking for but I did find some XR4Ti's. Unfortunately, each and every one of them had been neglected and abused, plus the stock steering feedback and shifter felt horribly unresponsive and just, old. I ended up getting a nice 240sx instead (before the whole drifting craze hit the states), but I've always looked back and thought man, I could've had boost. I could've had a migraine looking at that ugly front end as well. Why do so many hoon mobiles have to be so ugly?