Ford Focus ST170
Price then: £17,000 Price now: £2,000
It really is amazing that the ST170 is readily available to buy for under £2,000. That model-specific Zetec engine had a lot of development work put into it – branded a Duratec, it’s actually a Zetec-R of the kind you’d find in a different state of tune in the Focus RS. Built on the base of the 130bhp-spec Zetec, it features a high-flow aluminium head with bigger valves and stiffer springs, higher lift cams, continuously-variable intake valve timing, high-compression pistons and forged rods, dualstate intake with long runners for low-end torque and short ones for peak power… it all adds up to 170bhp, hence the name. You also get a really sweet 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox, 15-spoke 17-inch wheels, and 300mm front brakes. You could get it in 3-door or 5-door form, or even as an estate, and its understated and classy styling really looks the part. A true driver’s car, and definitely a future classic. And since Focus RS values are going nuts, you’d better buy an ST170 now before the prices go up!
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