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This Ford Focus ST170 is a clean, unmodified example of a modern classic hot hatch, with great potential to be a future classic. Initially called ‘Project Piranha’ Ford took the normal Zetec engine and allowed Cosworth to apply their magic. The exhaust manifold was swapped out for a stainless item, the aluminium cylinder head was re-flowed, variable valve timing was fitted, and there was a dual-stage intake manifold along with a full stainless exhaust including sports catalytic converter. The resultant power was, as the name sort of gives away, 172bhp

It wasn’t all engine though. The already brilliant fully independent suspension was lowered and stiffened, bigger (300mm) brakes were fitted, as was a set a 17-inch model-specific alloy wheels. The interior could be specified with full leather Recaro trim, the body was given some sporty touches and the dials were painted blue to finish the unqiue interior.

Under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine producing 172bhp, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, which sends its power to the front wheels via a limited-slip differential. 0-62 time is around 8.2 secs with a top speed of 133mph.The odometer indicates 54,374 miles from new.

First registered in June 2004, this vehicle is finished in Imperial Blue and had 3 owners in it’s16 year lifetime.

The vendor notes the vehicle’s Imperial Blue paintwork has some visible marks. A small scratch on the offside of the front bumper, a minor scratch on the passenger door, a small number of stone chips on the nose and some minor blemishes on the roof are noted. However, the paint has kept its vibrancy and the owner reports that all four wheels are in good condition.

The original blue, black and grey interior remains in excellent condition, with some very minor wear to the driver’s seat bolster. the original carpet The vendor has also noted that no faults are present with any interior electrics or equipment.

The most recent MOT test took place on 20 November 2020, which resulted in a clean pass. The driver describes the Michelin tyres as excellent, and notes the front tyres were replaced approximately 3,000 miles ago, while the rears were replaced approximately 6000 miles ago, and all have more than 5mm of tread depth remaining.

The vehicle comes with the original service book providing proof of a very good service history, as well as bills for recent maintenance.

This Ford Focus ST170 is an unmolested example of a collectable contemporary hot hatch, with a good service history and just one. It has evidently been well-maintained, and is a car that car be used as intended without worrying about the mileage. It begs to be driven, and the next owner should continue to do just that!

The last service took place at 54,344 miles and a full list of the Service history is listed below

Summary of service history

Leisure Shop LTD in March 2019 @ 53,000 miles

AAF Ford Specialist in July 2017 @ 51,124 miles

AAF Ford Specialist in July 2015 @ 47,953 miles

AAF Ford Specialist in July 2013 @ 35,516 miles

AAF Ford Specialist in July 2012 @ 30,292 miles

AAF Ford Specialist in July 2011 @ 25,219 miles

AAF Ford Specialist in June 2010 @ 19,785 miles

Car Autocentre in June 2009 @ 16,448 miles

Fords of Marlow in June 2008 @ 13,671 miles

Fords of Marlow in June 2007 @ 10,038 miles

Fords of Marlow in June 2006 @ 5440 miles

Fords of Marlow in June 2005 @ 762 miles

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