ST24s don’t currently have the value or prestige for being rung or subject to outstanding finance, but that’s not always been the case. It’s not many years since they were valuable highly-prized fast Fords.
A history check is therefore highly recommended to ensure you’re not buying something that’s been stolen, crashed or not even owned by the seller.
Obviously, you’ll need to compare the V5 logbook with the number on the VIN, sticker on the driver’s-side B-pillar, the stamps on the bulkhead (there’s a cutout on the insulation) and a plate on the nearside dashboard (visible through the windscreen from outside). If there are any suspicions, just run away.
It’s unlikely you’ll find anyone has built a fake ST24 – it’s too difficult to convert a four- cylinder to V6 for little financial gain – but it’s worth checking the spec is what you would expect. Remember, not all ST24s were fitted with the RSAP bodykit, so don’t discount a decent car simply because it doesn’t look as sporty.