2001 Ford Puma 1.7i 16v
(Featured on 5th December 2013)
Sellers original description:
2001 Ford Puma 1.7 16V Manual.
Just 41,000 Miles - Full Service History.
Stunning Panther Black Blue - Amazing Red/Black Leather Interior.
A Rare Unabused Cherished Example of This Brilliant Future Classic Ford.
Full Red/Black Leather Interior.
Drivers & Passenger Airbags.
Remote Central Locking.
Remote Boot Opening.
Ford Alarm System.
Adjustable Steering Column.
Quick-Clear (Heated) Windscreen.
Electric/Heated Door Mirrors.
Load Adjustable Headlamps.
Original Ford RDS CD/Tuner.
Ford 9-Spoke Alloys.
Voted Car of the Year 1997, the Puma was incredibly well received at its launch, and was widely regarded by many as one of the best handling front wheel drive cars on the market. The initial design brief for the project was to produce an overtly, striking and sporty 2+2 Coupe, using the Fiesta's much acclaimed platform. Such was the passion for this project among Ford's designers, many worked on the Puma project in their own time, until a design was approved by the management, who took the Puma into production, launching it at the 1997 Geneva Motor show.
As with any sporty Fords, many sadly find their way into the hands of less than sympathetic owners, who enthusiasm usually outstripped their ability. Many also were modified by owners with incredibly bad taste.
The good news is, this car escaped that almost inevitable onslaught of events that seems to happen to performance Fords. This Puma has been fortunate to have been owned by more mature people, the last being my brother-in-law. The car has covered a genuine just 41,000 miles and comes complete with a full and up to date service history. The car is a so much fun to drive, the chassis is taught yet compliant, and that 1.7 litre engine is an absolute peach, giving that "kick in the pant" feeling when the variable cam timing comes on song at around 4000rpm. However the best bit is its also extremely good on fuel, and being based on the Fiesta, parts are in abundance too.
Now even though I'm a Mercedes specialist, that doesn't mean to say I'm totally blinkered to the virtues of other brands, and sometimes quite enjoy the odd diversion from my specialism. I was brought up on Sporty Fords, so remember them with great fondness, and when I think about it most of those cars have gone on to be established classics…infact values of cars like the RS2000, Escort Mexico and Mk.1 RS Turbo are seemingly going stratospheric. The Puma has certainly got future classic written all over it for many reasons other than its just a sporty Ford, its also a first in that is was the first Ford car designed using solely a computer graphics package