Like the normal Fiesta ST, the Fiesta ST500 lives under the shadow of its Focus big brother, but that shouldn’t detract from this special Fiesta.
And, like the Focus ST500, the Fiesta was limited to a run of 500, for British buyers only. It was also finished in Panther Black metallic paint with silver stripes – this time designed to echo the Mk1 Escort RS2000, with U-shaped bonnet graphics and matching side livery.
The Fiesta ST500 gained black 11-spoke 17in alloys covering redpainted brake callipers, plus carbon fibre-effect interior trim, ebony heated leather seats and Sony sound system.
As with the standard Fiesta ST, the ST500 featured the tuned 148bhp 2.0-litre Duratec engine with sports exhaust, close-ratio gearbox, plus lowered and stiffened sports suspension.
As a run-out limited-edition model, the Fiesta ST500 was one of Ford’s finest.