• Easy-reference Focus-buying checklist
• In-depth illustrated inspection guidance
• Tips on how to avoid buying a fake
• Advice about choosing the right model
• Useful pointers for online auctions
• Valuation data
• Real-world cost considerations
• Tips to spot the rot
• Notes on what modifications to avoid
• Details of clubs and specialists
Ford’s sporting Focus Mk1 RS and ST170 are fast, fun hot hatchbacks that are rapidly gaining collector’s car status. But with potential for rust, neglect, abuse and accident damage, this quick-reference guide acts as an essential pocket-sized companion during the purchasing process.
Ford’s Focus Mk1 was a game-changing family hatchback, setting new standards for ride, handling and driver enjoyment. The sporty ST170 was noted for being a top-notch all-rounder, while the rapid RS broke the mould for front-wheel-drive hot hatchbacks, offering outstanding ability on road or track.
Today, the ST170 and Mk1 RS are highly-regarded driver’s machines, while gradually gaining cult status – and increasing value – among classic collectors.
But both machines suffer the potential for rust, neglect, abuse and accident damage – which makes buying one a task that’s fraught with risk. To help the would-be RS or ST driver, this quick-reference guide acts as a handy pocket-sized companion during the purchasing process. It aims to help buyers select the best car, pay the right price and avoid any pitfalls.
Written by a motoring journalist, long-term fast Ford enthusiast and Focus ST owner, this one-stop package of great advice includes at-a-glance tips, illustrated in-depth inspection guidance, specifications, real-world cost considerations and even notes on which modifications to avoid.
Period Covered: 2002 to 2005
Models Covered: Ford Focus ST170 (2002 to 2005), Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2202 to 2003)
Models NOT Covered: Ford Focus (non-ST or RS models), Ford Focus Mk2/Mk3/Mk4