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  • What made you want a Mk1 FRS

    As tittle above what made you want a mk1 FRS?
    for me I went from a series1 turbo to series2 turbo then I got sensible settled down bought a flat in 1999 and also a 3 door mk1 1.8 zetec, which was a fantastic drive with the same sort of suspension set up as the escort, when I was driving it around the country lanes I felt like Nicky grist was sat next to me and I was pushing to to gain a few hundredths of a second,then life took a horrible turn, she left and I lost it all just as the ST170 and RS came about, not deterred I did up my focus and used it for another 3 years then bought a Sierra cosworth as the FRS was still out of my reach. 12 years later and 4 more various models of mk1 focus’s I was in a position to buy the car I had waited nearly 15 years for #2279 just in the nick of time for RS Coombe then ford fair and to top it off the 15 year anniversary.
    That brings us to now where I sit and wish the winter away so I can go out and enjoy my dream. The picture is of my first focus.

  • #2
    I think it was a number reasons I wanted a frs, firstly I learned to drive in a 1.8 diesel mk1 focus and just liked how it drove, secondly my dad has had fords ever since I was born and at the time he had an st170 and as I had always liked the frs when the time came to move on from my little punto gt it was the obvious choice and 7 years later I still believe it was the right decision.

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    • #3
      When I was 12, or so, I was bought a Tamiya Escort RS Cosworth RC car (The build it/paint it yourself kind) and I've wanted a Cossie ever since. I pretty much forgot about the RS marque at that point. About fifteen years later I had an ST170, and a guy I knew through the nerdiest of nerdy hobbies was an RS owner of old (Mk3/Mk4/RS2000/Cossie), and we started talking cars. A couple of months later I was on to Clayton who pointed me to one in Croydon. Went down, came home five grand lighter and one RS heavier.

      My dad's always been in/around cars through work (Jag/Ford), although his preference leans towards motorcycles (Mostly the RC30.. I think he has two in Aus where he lives and there's still one here in the UK.. There were two, and a third in parts, that was sold a few years back though) so I grew up with test-jags in various stages of camo on the drive, XR3i's were a popular feature too - I think between he and my mum they had five of those (Two red, two black, one white - White one was stolen in Tamworth Odeon car park sadly). He works for Ford at the moment (And for the last ~15 years), so I've ended up badgering him for info where he can get it. Unfortunately all the RS drawings as far as he tells me have been archived, and need permissions he doesn't have to pull up. He's always been Ford/Mini (The classic ones, not the BMW bloatboxes), but he's seriously more bikey than anything. So's mum.

      My first car was a Mk1.5 1.6 Ghia. Second was the ST170 which coexisted with the RS for a few months before the ST was swapped for a Mondeo. I don't generally "want" other brands. I like some, sure, but I never muster up the desire to buy anything. Closest I came was a 3 series (Either 320d or 335d) M-Sport. But with the way the diesel stuff is going, I'm glad I didn't go that way in the end.

      So not as "in the family" as other people!
      Build Number 1506

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      • #4
        Always been a RS nutter, I had RS1600i (still own it) and S2 and loved the FRS1 from day one it was for sale back in 2002.
        A house and family made me wait for the right time to buy one, but when the time was right I searched for a good example and still love it every time I take it for a spin.
        You will enjoy #2279 👍🏼
        If in doubt, flat out !! R.I.P Colin

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        • Jgould
          Jgould commented
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          I do enjoy every second of it just wish it was always warm and sunny,m.

      • #5
        As soon as i saw one for real, not one other RS i have wanted up to this day.

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        • #6
          My first RS was a Mexico Mk2 then a Mk1 RS2000 and then a Engine bay burnt out MK2 RS2000. Took a year to restore. Had it for about 9 months to be stolen.. I head later on from some one that it ended up in Australia.
          Then a MK1 Escort series one which got wrote off by another idiot on the road..
          Then years past with House and Kids and I saw the RS Focus Mk1 for sale and just had to buy.
          12 1/2 years later still have this Classic Car which cant be replaced by 2nd and 3rd series.
          And the best thing they will become a very sought after classic car

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          • #7
            Hi,

            my Dad owned a Sierra 2.0l and I drove that for many years.
            So - I always was a Ford-Guy :-D

            I always knew, that the Focus RS must be a very special car. But I think it finally was my wife's 2.0l Focus MK1 that made me just love the Focus MK1.

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            • #8
              Always been Fords around me since i was a kid. mk1/mk2 escorts, sierras etc. Some werent even desirable models like mexicos or cosworths but my old mans always been a ford man so i guess it was bound to rub off somehow. Unfortunately by the time i was old enough to drive and get any kind of money behind me the cars i was interested in were a bit out of my reach! Always liked the mk1 rs and last year decided i was just going to go for it. Hopefully i'll never have to sell it as every time i get behind the wheel it puts a grin on my face, and gets nice comments from people of all ages when i'm out and about.

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              • Jgould
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                You’re right about the smiles and comments these cars don’t get the recognition they deserve but any wrc fan knows exactly what they are seeing, I love it when you are driving along and a standard model focus pulls op you can see them looking over checking it out

            • #9
              Always been a ford RS guy myself, and always said i had an FRS avant la lettre, being my escort mk5 with decent koni suspension, big AP brakes and a quaife LSD, so basically all the goodies what make an FRS what it is to drive. Always loved them from day 1 it was presented, been looking at it in different showrooms but was out of reach
              sold my mk2 RS2000 to free up funds and buy myself #0995 which is even alot better then my mk5 escort with all the goodies on, but then the escort lacked some bho against the focus
              never drive faster then your guardian angel can fly

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              • #10
                In 2002 I was going to buy a Sapph Cos, couldn’t find a decent one, decided to use the money I had for that as a deposit and bank loan the difference to get an Escort Cosworth.
                Found a 1995 Imperial Blue small turbo Lux standard one with 40k on the clock for sale in a local garage for 17,995, went and had a look at it one Saturday, told garage I would speak to bank about loan on Monday morning and come back for a test drive if they would lend me the money.
                On way home stopped at news agents and bought Fast Ford/Performance Ford in the news section was a bit stating the new Focus RS price had been announced at 19995 on the road.
                Drove straight up to Ford dealer and placed a deposit on one.
                on way home popped in past Cossie garage and told him I wasn’t buying it as I had ordered the Focus, his response was “I’ll give you 22 and a half for it”, politely declined. Declined again when I collected the car and he saw me in the street and offered me 23 for it.

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                • #11
                  I’ve driven a few escort cossies and I compared it to my 4x4 Daphne’s and the ride was not as good I felt where as the focus is so exciting and handles so well

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                  • #12
                    Always like the Focus RS when I was younger, I had various Ford's my best friends had a MK1 Focus which was always great to drive and we had a lot of fun in. I remember how futuristic the MK1 was and I still think it looks good to this day, especially the dashboard. I really think Ford have lost their identify with the latest models, dash in the MK3 is horribly plastic compared to the MK1.

                    I like how the RS was very limited, made on a special production line and was an engineers not an accountants car - when the opportunity came I had to have one, of course I don't have one now but I do miss the RS and I feel if I get the space and time I might have another..


                    "What we do in life.. echoes in eternity."

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                    • #13
                      Many years ago I watched a documentary about the focus mk1 and the designer actually hated what ford did with the mk1, he said the indicators switch felt cheap and didn’t like the plastic trim. The focus was covered in triangular shapes and when released in 1998 was a great replacement for the escort, very futuristic I bought a 1.8 brand new from ford and loved it to bits

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                      • #14
                        Before the RS, i had a 2.0 zetec focus, as soon as i saw the first pics of the RS, i wanted one.
                        As soon as i could afford one i put my name on a brand new one at the dealers.
                        I had seen lots at shows but never even sat inside one until the day i collected mine from the dealers.
                        Never regretted it since.
                        Still no plans to sell it and move on either!

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                        • #15
                          For me it started when Colin McRae was rallying them. I was only about 11 and was a massive fan of Colin and rallying in general.
                          When the road version come out, I knew it was the car I wanted when I grew up, it was the dream car. When I passed my test I bought a mk1 focus 1.8 petrol as it was the closest thing I could have to an RS.
                          for years I couldn't afford one, after all I just work in a tyre garage and don't get paid the best of wage. A good customer of ours is a trader knew I was looking at them. He told me to find one, he will buy it and finance me as that was the only way I could have one. If I didn't get #4393 when I did, I would have missed the boat and it would have always been a dream.
                          best decision I ever made!

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