The US market Ford Contour was marketed by the folks at Ford’s PR department as a re-purposed European Ford Mondeo, but in truth it only shared a few pieces including the windshield, windows, side mirrors and door handles. Everything else was standard parts bin junk left over from the Tempo or borrowed from the Taurus […]
The US market Ford Contour was marketed and sold as a US market version of the European Ford Mondeo, but in truth it only shared a few pieces including the windshield, windows, side mirrors and door handles. Everything else was standard parts bin junk left over from the Tempo or borrowed from the Taurus or Escort. That didn’t stop Ford from making an interesting SVT version that might be mistaken for another 90s domestic piece of junk, but it is a cool car and certainly a bit of a sleeper. Find this 1998 Ford Contour SVT offered for $5,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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 […]
Merriam-Webster defines the word con·tour (n)| ˈkän-ˌtu̇r as (1) an outline especially of a curving or irregular figure (2) the general form or structure of something or (3) a usually meaningful change in intonation in speech. I wasn’t familiar with that last definition, but the fellows at Ford’s Special Vehicle Team put some contour into the 1995-2000 […]
The original Taurus SHO was a legend. 5-Speed, a Yamaha tuned engine and as fast as a Mustang GT. When the RoboCop body style finally aged-out in 1995, the SHO badge was carried onto the newly crappy redesigned Taurus. The rightful heir to the SHO bloodline, however, was to be found in a different model […]