Three classic British fast Fords versus the iconic 1965 Mustang – which do you choose?

Over the years, Ford Motor Company has become an integral part of British culture, with most people having owned or driven a Blue Oval model.

There are far too many favorites to mention, with iconic RS and Cosworth branded performance engines often topping the list.


The famous Ford Blue Oval

Just a few decades ago the Escort XR3i, Fiesta XR2 and Mondeo ST200 models were the must-have models in the UK – offering heaps of power, pace and style over the more regular cars in the range.

You can get these models for reasonable sums these days, and we found some solid examples at a recent auction.

They were sold in individual lots, but collectively amounted to just over £30,000.

Interestingly, a 1965 Mustang Fastback was also at the same auction and sold for £29,000.

So the question for Ford fans is, where would you put your thirty thousand dollars?

Does the British trio have enough kudos to tempt you, or is the Mustang’s cool factor just too hard to turn down?

Sure, you can ditch all the retro stuff and go for a brand new Kuga SUV – but where’s the fun in that?

Here we take a look at each of the famous Ford models and the price they each fetched at auction.

Ford Escort XR3i – £17,064

Anglia Auctions

The XR3i was an 80s icon and a popular hot hatch

This is a 1984 model with only 39,741 miles, and has been listed as in very good condition throughout. Three registered owners in its lifetime, it also comes with a good history record, but crucially no MOT certificate which may have put some people off.

Ford Fiesta XR2 – £8,208

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The XR2 was the boy racer’s favorite

This Mk2 Fiesta XR2 was only sold due to loss of storage.

Sold as “a very original example” which drives and drives well, it now needs a brake overhaul.

The car was registered in July 1988 and has only driven 18,495 miles. shown on its odometer – reference to MoT and service history suggests it is 118,495 miles.

A total of six registered holders are shown on the V5C, although there is no current MoT and no rating of one since online registrations began in 2005.

Ford Mondeo ST200 – £6,480

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The ST200 performance model allowed salespeople to overtake rivals behind the wheel of BMW

One of only 300 sedans produced, this model is finished in Imperial Blue and includes Recaro trim and a blue/black interior.

It is quite rare to find an ST200 in such good condition.

It was fitted with a new battery and the car was described as driving well with everything in working order.

Before the seller becomes the owner, he informs that the previous owner had stored the car between 2015 and 2020.

Mileage is recorded at 91,151, with the ST200 fitted with a 24v 2.5-litre V6 engine producing 202bhp.

0-62mph is achieved in around 7.7 seconds, with a top speed of 151mph.

Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 Fastback – £29,160

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This particular Mustang has only done about 25,000 miles

It’s about as cool as it gets – a Mustang Fastback with a 5.0-liter V8 gas engine.

Admittedly, it may not be to everyone’s taste, but this model looks particularly clean.

Imported to the UK in 2016, it has had three owners on these shores since then, with the gearbox being rebuilt in late 2021 (at a cost of nearly £1000).

The car has been dry for some time and has now done 25,026 miles.

As a historic vehicle, it no longer requires MoT; its last expired in July 2018 after being tested the previous year at 24,885 miles.

So now it’s decision time – it’s a tough question, but what would you spend your £30,000 on?

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