Eleven years ago, the Mondeo ST24's 2.5-litre V6 and consequent ability to sprint to 60mph in 8.0secs on the way to a 139mph top speed was more than enough for the outlandish bodykit - that recalled The BTCC Mondeo Super Touring racers, you'll remember - to be justified. Though even then probably not on grounds of good taste.
Still, the four-spoke alloys (Ford went through an odd phase of alloy wheel design in the late 90s, with four-spoke efforts also available on the Fiesta) did mark the ST24 out as something a little beyond the ken of its regular fleet-market brethren.
Secondly, the ST24 estate never quite looked as performance-oriented as the saloon and hatchback versions. Partly this was to do with the simply massive estate body, partly because the estate versions often did without a rear spoiler.
That inappropriate nose job is a potentially worrying issue, and could imply a bit of a crash history, but we've done a spot of HPI-shaped digging and discovered that the car has never been written off, so we shall give this particular silver dream machine the official Shed benefit of the doubt for now.
But if the outside is suspiciously oridinary, there's plenty of kit on the inside to keep you occupied, with electric windows, seats and mirrors, half leather, a heated windscreen and even a 6-cd autochanger.
This is one we'd go in with our eyes open on (that odd grille makes sure of that), but as long as it looks as clean as it appears to be in the advert, £695 rapid repmobile sounds like a bit of a bargain.
Advert is reproduced below
FORD MONDEO 2.5 V6 ST24 5dr Estate (1999)
92,000 miles £695
FORD MONDEO 2.5 V6 ST24 5dr Estate, Silver, Petrol, 5 Speed Manual, Rear wiper, Drivers airbag, Electric Front / Rear windows, mirrors & drivers seat, Heated front screen, Half Leather, ABS, T/C, Alarm / Immobiliser, Alloy Wheels, RDS 7000 stereo with 6 CD autochanger,
Smooth drive, generally in good condition