Ford Fo­cus ST170

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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!

Top 5 mods: Mill­tek cat-back, K&N Typhoon in­duc­tion, BC Rac­ing coilovers, lightweigh­t fl ywheel, Pu­maspeed remap

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