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Anybody else feeling old?

#1 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Thu May 04, 2017 10:08 pm

While sorting out our booking for Gaydon in July, I came across this:

https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/ev ... ord-mondeo

I remember going to a launch event at Thruxton circuit and driving the whole range: marshals were present to ensure we didn't go too wild, but keeping in a high gear to keep the noise down on the corners meant that swift progress could be made :laughing2

Highlight of the day, though, was a couple of laps in a Fiesta RS1800 (can't remember when I last saw one of them, maybe over 20 yeasrs ago?) being driven by a professional racing driver. Sat in the back, it really felt as if we were cornering on the wheel rims :scared

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#2 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sat May 06, 2017 12:31 am

Yep, the Mondeo has been a very successful model range for Ford and I remember when the mark ones were out in the mid-1990s. I didn't like the styling at the time, but later models got better - the mid-noughties version and what has come since.

Never driven a Fiesta RS1800, but I've heard say they were the small car equivalent of the Sierra 4x4 / XR4i and Escort RS Turbos, and felt really quick.

Just looked on Autotrader. There's one RS1800 for sale with 148K, for £6,000 :slapme
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#3 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Sat May 06, 2017 12:08 pm

Back in the day I used to wrangle either a 2.0 or 2.3 litre TDCI as a hire car when I visited Devonport and various other MOD sites, that didn't necessitate flying to Edinburgh. I was always impressed by them, fast and economical [got there and back to Bristol on a tankful] and generally a nice drive.

On one occasion I got a Mondeo based Jag' 2/3 litre V6 turn up. I obviously wrung it's neck both there and back, I had to fill it up three times! :D

The interior finish was awful too.

Before long they will be part of a scrappage scheme?

Fiestas are fetching big money so I was told at the restoration show £9k probably for a Mk 2 XR2i I suspect. Guy was bemoaning selling one for £3k some while previously. :laughing

But is that a help or a hinderance for grass roots enthusiast's ? :S
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#4 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sat May 06, 2017 11:54 pm

Mr Teddy Bear wrote:But is that a help or a hinderance for grass roots enthusiast's ? :S
It's a hindrance. People will insist on driving their cars. Mileages increase. Low mileage examples become limited. Paucity increases prices. People then cherish and not drive (so often) their little goldmines.

It's just market forces.

You could argue that constant money-spending on cars including engine rebuilds, bodywork, etc. would act to make well-used cars more desirable, but this acts against the profit motive (i.e. losing cash rather than hoarding a rare asset).

Things won't change.

Rovers now are probably at peak interest. There are too many examples to list of people flipping cars for profit. Sure sign the "market" is in a speculative phase and therefore at an end.
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