Remember when Ford unveiled the GT, Shelby GT350R, and F-150 Raptor at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show? If so, you'll probably remember how all three models wore an identical shade of blue. The color is called Liquid Blue, and unfortunately, it's only available on the GT supercar. But somehow, the world's only Fiesta ST painted this color got sold to a random Ford fan, who's with just 727 miles on the clock.
This story, originally published 10/26/2016, was updated 7/07/17 to reflect the fact this car is now listed for sale.
On the Oppositelock forum, of how he ended up buying the very Fiesta ST featured at the Auto Show. Quite98 was searching for a deal on a Fiesta ST a few months ago, when a 2015 example with only 57 miles turned up for sale in Nashville. The listing said the car was painted Performance Blue, a factory Fiesta color. But Quite98 realized something was going on with this car: The color was clearly Liquid blue, and the seats were trimmed with a non-factory white leather surround.
A VIN lookup revealed this was no ordinary Fiesta. Quite98 says the car's original owner was listed as Ford Motor Company, confirming his hunch: This was the show car from the auto show.
Quite98 ed the Nashville dealer with an offer, but they didn't move quickly enough. The car then went back to a dealer auction house. In a stroke of luck, the Fiesta ended up at a dealer 10 miles from quite98's home, so he bought it as soon as he found out.
Since this seems to be the world's only Liquid Blue Fiesta, this is a very special car. Consequently, bidding at is already past $17,000 at the time of writing, getting close to the cost of a brand-new Fiesta ST.
During his ownership, Quite98 hardly drove this car, though pictures indicate there are a number of imperfections in the paint finish. That's not entirely surprising for a car that was likely hand painted by Ford and not intended to be released to the public. Otherwise, this car looks to be virtually brand new.
With such few miles on the clock, this Fiesta ST seems primed to become a genuine collector car. Who knows? We could see it at Pebble Beach 50 years from now.