Call Me Mondeo: 1999 Ford Contour SVT

The biggest complaint I have about this next car is the name.  Say it out loud: I drive a Contour.  An SVT Contour.  Yuck. Contour.  Blech.  SVT Contour sounds like something you’d lookup in a medical encyclopedia and recoil in horror at the associated illustration.  Ford should have kept the global name and called it the Mondeo…but at least we were able to get one in the USA with a 5-speed manual gearbox and some tuning from Ford’s Special Vehicle Team. Find this 1999 Ford Contour SVT offered for $3950 in Altadena, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

 1999 Ford Contour SVT

VIN: 1FAFP68G7XK194508

condition: excellent

cylinders: 6 cylinders

drive: fwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 161200

paint color: red

size: mid-size

title status: clean

transmission: manual

type: sedan

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1999 SVT Contour – Ford Performance, DOHC, 24-Valve V-6, Displacement: 2.5L / 155 CID. Horsepower: 200 hp 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Brakes. Front: 10.94 in. Vented Disc, Single-Piston Caliper. Rear: 9.88 in vented disc, Single-Piston Caliper, Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. 5-Spoke Factory Cast Aluminum With Near New Matching Hankook Radial Tires, Power Windows and Door Locks with Key Less Entry, Moon Roof, Leather Interior with Power Drivers Seat, Excellent Condition Inside and Out, Runs and Drives Very Well, One Owner Car with Clean Carfax and Service Records, Very Hard to Find and Exceptionally Rare Car. 

 See a better way to drive something Euroish?