FORD FIESTA MKI
WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £4000 EXCELLENT £3250 USABLE £1600 PROJECT £600
Forget the increasingly pricey XR2 and Supersport models for a moment. Even in non hotted-up form, the original Fiesta is huge fun to hoof around in, and the fact that the first ones are now going to qualify for tax-exempt motoring makes them an even more tempting as classic buys.
Even the base model makes you smile when you perch yourself behind the two-spoke steering wheel and go for a drive – there’s something addictive about squeezing every last
bit of oomph from the tiny Valencia engine up front, and the light, precise steering and pert proportions allow you to make the most of it whether you’re in town or on a winding back road. It’s far more fun than any frontdriven supermini ought to be, and it’s still roomy and practical enough to cope with daily driving.
It’s also as redolent of the late 1970s as Queen records, the novelty of using Casio Biolators and eating at Wimpy – and chances are if you learned to drive or took your early motoring adventures at the time, the Fiesta will be like an old friend you haven’t seen in years.
Prices for MkIs in good condition have been increasing steadily on the back of a wider healthy market for 1970s and 1980s Fords, so buy now.