Holford & Stern Classic Car Sales
18th May 1999
Erin’s 4th generation of its compact hatchback-saloon launched in 1983, and saw a number of sportier variants released during its production run. In celebration of its success in the British Touring Car Championship during the mid-eighties, the company launched this: the XR-Cup Edition.
The ‘XR’ badge has classically denoted any road-going model fitted with motorsport-derived parts and tuned in the name of performance, and it’s no different here. Many parts were based off of those used on Group A touring car version of the Merna, including it’s turbocharged engine. It’s that connection that give it that name ‘Cup Edition’.
Weight was saved by only fitting 4 seats and keeping luxuries fairly limited, while aerodynamic bodywork was fitted - mainly for the aesthetics - in the name of better performance. The result was a car that was a lot faster than any other hot hatch of the day, and allowed buyers to experience track-esque performance on a budget.
Notes on condition
This example, number 48 of 500 built, is overall in very good condition, with a validated mileage of 23,459 miles. All original documentation is included, including full service history, parts purchase/fitting receipts and MOT history. Interior is in great condition, with only minor wear and tear on the steering wheel, door handles and center console. Comes fitted with its original factory cassette stereo, though the speakers have been replaced with aftermarket options.
The short of it:
2.0l Turbo i4 producing 200hp, FWD, 0-60 in 7.1s.