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Autotrader Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT

If you’re into 1990s cars, you may remember the Ford ContourFord’s attempt at a smaller-than-midsize sedan before the Focus debuted for 2001. The Contour was sold from 1995 to 2000, and it was never especially successful, but it did offer a performance version dubbed the SVT Contour.

This 1999 Ford Contour SVT is a rare example of that exact car. It’s one of just a few for sale on Autotrader, and it’s the nicest one on the site. It’s finished in green with a tan interior, and it touts a 5-speed manual transmission, just like all SVT Contour models.

So what made the SVT Contour special? It was sold for just three model years — 1998, 1999 and 2000 — and it offered the highest-performance Contour engine: Base models had 125 horses, or you could step up to a 170-horsepower V6, but the Contour SVT had a 195-hp version of that same V6. SVT models had better suspension than regular Contour models, along with slightly improved styling, different wheels and some other upgrades.

So was it any good? That’s up for debate — but you can find out for yourself if you get this SVT Contour. It’s offered by West Raleigh Auto Sales in Raleigh, North Carolina, it’s traveled 144,000 miles from new — and it’s listed for a mere $3,950. That’s not much risk to have a rare sporty Ford that most have forgotten. Find a Ford Contour for sale

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  1. We had a base model Contour back in the day and loved it! It was a really great little car and the manual transmission was just outstanding. I hear the European models were even better, and I think the design was based on an original European model Ford.

  2. A friend of mine had one. The engine self destructed at 45,000 miles. Good thing she bought the extended warranty. Right after the new engine was installed they traded it in.

  3. I owned that exact car.  I thought it looked great, with the green and tan combo.  It handled really well and sounded amazing, but wasn’t all that fast.  At the time it was adequate, though.  At around 100k is started to act up a bit and the bottom of the front doors started to rust because the drain plugs would become clogged easily.  Still, it was a rare car even back then and I sold it sight unseen to a kid two states away who showed up in the dark with cash in hand to buy it.  I have fond memories of that car!

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