[SOLD] 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

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[SOLD] 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by Jobubba » Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:45 pm

This car was converted to a V8 in 1989 by Rapido Group. It has Cosworth rear wing, grill, wheel arches/sills and hood louvers. I have all of the paper work and build receipts and much more. I can email pics etc. if you are interested.
The car is red.

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by John Brennan » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:00 am

Being done by Rapido, I presume it has fuel injection. Does it have aluminum heads? Any other details about the car? Asking price?
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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by blugg » Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:01 pm

Best method of contact?
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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by andyofcolumbusmerkur » Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:16 pm

Wow never knew Rapido did any V8 conversions. Sounds rare. Why not put it up on cars and bids with 100 really nice pictures that would be cool. If it's 1 of 5 made or something like that it could go really high.
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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by merkurdriver » Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:44 am

John Brennan wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:00 am
Being done by Rapido, I presume it has fuel injection.
It is Fuel Injected, I have some old "Rapido Gazette" newsletters with this car in it.

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by Jobubba » Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:10 am

The car went to Rapido in 1989 with 32k miles. At that time the fuel injected 5L engine and 5 speed transmission were installed. Some of the other items Rapido installed as follows: Rapido/Monroe suspension; 150 mph speedometer; Viscous limited slip diff.; Le Carra steering wheel; Rapido drive shaft and much more. The value as shown in an accounting from Rapido was over $30K parts and labor. In 1997 the car was sent to a Michigan Mercury dealer where a new 5L SVO crate motor was installed with GT-40 heads and B303 hydraulic cam. This is when it was painted red. The 150 mph speedometer has about 42K miles on it since installed in 1989/90. The later motor has less than 10K on it.
Not sure what to ask for price. Russ at Rapido suggested starting at $10K but I will entertain any serious offer.
Last edited by MarkM on Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Updated mileage per later post

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by Jobubba » Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:34 pm

I need to make a correction to the Sep 26 description. The speedometer/odometer shows about 42k miles not 30K miles since installed. Sorry about that didn't mean to mislead anyone.

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by John Brennan » Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:37 am

As I suspected, you have a rara avis, not only in this community, but reaching out to the larger car market. It deserves to be handled either professionally, or with great care. This of course is assuming that it's in good shape.
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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by GPz11 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:01 pm

Pictures would be a great help and you might be low on the price. My 302 swapped XR has been appraised at $22k. Yes I know I won’t get that in trying to sell it but still it might give you a better idea on price.

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by Jobubba » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:55 pm

I think the sale is in the early stages as more members become aware of it. I have sent pictures to Email questions and Mark with the Forum will post pics on the site. A serious buyer will need to see and drive the car. I honestly hope to sell to a Merkur devote who can fit it into his life. I have had 20 great years but it is time for this XR-8 to find a new home. Thanks so much for your help.

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by MarkM » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:52 pm

Here are the pictures the seller sent me. Fair warning, the whole collection is over 20 MB.

Front view
Left side
Left rear
Grille
Interior
Engine (Front view)
Engine (Side view)
Left Front
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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by thesameguy » Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:00 am

I feel like this car might be worth quite a bit of money.

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by GPz11 » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:14 am

Oh, nice intake on that for sure. Car looks very good.

I wonder if bring a trailer would list it?

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Re: 1985 XR4ti V8 Conversion For Sale in Denver, Colorado

Post by John Brennan » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:06 am

:headbang Scha-WING!!!
This is my car, and these are my people!
1989 XR4Ti 5-Speed
2001 BMW Z3 3.0 5-Speed
2015 Fiesta ST 6-Speed
2015 Edge 3.5 V6 Auto/Paddles

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