well the word is that the ford part dept number is what kona posted (YS4Z-9424-CA) this is the number that is on the id code printed on the box my manifold came in from ford. the number i posted is the number that is actually on the part itself (988F-9424-BC). i think the last two letters can be different, maybe they refer to manufacturing batch or something.
You are correct, VCT cars use a different manifold.
Its 96 & 97 Contours that have the same manifold.
Amazing how Focus owners are willing to seartch high and low and pay inflated prices for a stock Focus part, even though the SAME PART is available on other models for cheaper and is more readily available.