From 2001 to 2004, Ford built what is probably the best hot-hatch bargain on the used market right now. The 170 horsepower Focus SVT featured a Zetec engine with a Cosworth-developed aluminum cylinder head, forged connecting rods, higher compression, and various intake/exhaust modifications to bump that up from the stock 130 horses. The engine is a gem, but it was mated to the same 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox that you’d find in a MINI Cooper S, which is one of my favorite FWD boxes. While the powertrain is pretty great, the car’s suspension is where it really shines. With a slightly stiffer rear antiroll bar, lower and stiffer springs, a quicker steering rack, and 17′ alloy wheels with performance rubber (better, more modern performance tires make this car even better to drive. Something like an R888 would be a joy…) promote the lift-off-oversteer feeling that the current Focus and Fiesta ST are known for. It’s a great car to hustle quickly around a track or autocross course, and can make fun and buzzy work of a canyon road. These days 170 horses doesn’t sound all that exciting, but in a car that only weighs about 2500-2700 pounds, it’s not so bad. And they still return mid-20s in highway MPG. Read on to see some examples, and find out how cheap they’ve gotten.