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A Grand Monday: Ford Mondeo

Published 25 October 2016

All Fords tend to attract a classic following, such is their place in the fabric of British society. After all, the Blue Oval is the UK’s biggest selling car brand, and that means that there are millions of folk out there who have more than a little Ford nostalgia to draw upon.

Our tip for the next Ford to catch on as a classic is this – the original Mondeo. Despite being 23 years old, it still looks fresh and modern, and is still a decent car to drive, too, making it ideal as a usable family classic.

It was also a brilliant car when new – a deserved European car of the Year winner, and a model that completely transformed public perceptions of Ford’s ability to engineer well-made and fine handling cars after the PR disaster that was the Mk 4 Escort.

This 1993 Ford Mondeo for sale is a very rare beast indeed. Being a K-registration, it’s one of the very first Mondeos registered in the UK, and was supplied new by Ford’s own franchise, Dagenham Motors.

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It’s also a great spec – GLX trim, which means electric windows all round, an upgraded stereo, central locking, ABS, sunroof, air conditioning, plush velour trim and those wonderful ‘plughole’ hubcaps that are so evocative of the era.

The car comes with original Ford accessory mudflaps and dealer number plates, and has a good MoT history, with just one advisory at its last test for brakes, so it’d be worth getting these checked out. Otherwise, it appears to be in fine fettle, with all of its original Ocean Grey paintwork and, according to the vendor, no visible rust. It has covered 62,000 miles from new, with just two previous owners, both based in London.

As a piece of automotive history, a launch-spec Mondeo on a K-plate is something that’s well worthy of preservation. At just £595, we reckon it’s an absolute bargain.


Transit8    on 25 October 2016

Had one of the very first K reg Mondeos in White. Lovely car. Replacement for my trusty F reg Sierra with 141k miles which went to a friend who kept it for a few more years. Throttle cable on Mondeo snapped after 2 weeks, but apart from that it was trouble free. Once saw an indicated 129mph between Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. Police had stopped someone for speeding and I reckoned they would be tied up for a bit so I went for it! Bodywork in Mondeo was miles better than Sierra. The result of poor British steel.
Have a 60 plate Transit at present with 189k on clock and has only required a front wheel bearing and a replacement power steering reservoir. Waiting on a new Kuga to replace current 2 year old Kuga.
Still miss my Mondeo.

   on 26 October 2016

This was my car. It just sold to a chap who lives down the road from me. I also have a 1996 N GLX with 45,000 miles on the clock, which I'm just about to sell!

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