Fast Fords have an enormous following, so when one caught our eye on the road recently we couldn’t resist taking a closer look.
Back in the nineties the Ford Mondeo (also marketed as the Ford Countour in America) was the company car of choice for us Brits; thousands of businessmen in their suits trudging across the country’s rainy motorway networks hour after hour, day after day. Four doors, five seats, a spacious boot and a range of uninspiring engines made it the perfect choice for accountants and sales executives across Britain, but therein lies the problem. It was, dare we say, a little boring. In 1997 Ford energised the Mondeo line-up by launching the brazen ST24 version, and then later in 1999 the 2.5 litre V6 ST200 that we’re focusing on today.
Ford took the Mondeo’s bland appearance and performance and added all the features you’d expect, to turn it into the dream car for a family man with a need for speed. Sideskirts, alloy wheels, and Recaro bucket-seats all helped to completely transform the look and feel of the mundane Mondeo, with performance figures to match. Suddenly this family car would do 0-60 in 7.7 seconds and take you to a top speed of 145 MPH, with the V6 producing just over 200 BHP. And the price you’d pay for all this back in 1999? £23,000.
In total there were just 6,500 ST200s produced between 1999 and 2000, most of which finished in the outstanding Imperial Blue, along with 50 in white. These elusive white cars were initially intended for the police force, but ultimately didn’t make the grade so were sold back onto the open market. The majority of ST200s were hatchbacks, although there were also a small number of estate versions, along with 300 limited edition saloons. Ford later produced 300 more saloons to keep up with demand, but this final batch weren’t classed as limited edition.
So why would we consider this fast Ford a good investment today? It’s fair to say it doesn’t have the breath-taking performance figures or cult following that others do, but we see something there that others perhaps don’t.
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