Fast Fords are rapidly increasing their value, and none more so than this spectacular Sierra RS Cosworth (estimate: £45,000), offered by Silverstone Auctions with a frugal 3,578 miles recorded on the speedometer.
Introduced in 1982, the now rip-snorting Sierra RS Cosworth and it’s new shape was serious marketing ploy adapted by the forward thinking Ford designers. Aspirational synergy with Cosworth provided the ideal platform link-up for both parties, leading to the rear wheel driven sharp-shooter.
Good aerodynamics, styling and three doors gave it the kudos needed to sell in large numbers. Not so, was the dealer network feedback, which estimated only around 1500 units could rolled out with any success. Ford would require a minimum of 5,000 units for complete certifying and product approval (homologation).
History reveals that Ford actually went on to 5,545 three-door cars including the RS500, of which only 500 were built, and the Cosworth engine also found its way into nearly 30,000 Ford Sierra Saloons (Cosworth 3dr, Sapphire 2wd, and 4wd).
The car has since been the most successful Touring racer of all time, with global success on the highest motorsport stages.
- An original unrestored car in exceptional condition.Purchased from Silverstone Auctions in 2013
- From a private collection. Regularly maintained, annual MOT. Only covered 200 miles in the last 5 years
- Bodywork is in superb condition. Original factory fitment. Panel gaps are narrow and consistent
- The engine is mechanically perfect. It had a full service, timing belt and water pump 200 miles ago.
- Full twin stainless steel exhaust is the only known item that is not original spec
- 3,578 miles. MoT’d until May 2019. Ready to be shown or driven. Very exciting
Silverstone Auctions are offering this original, matching numbers, unrestored Sierra RS Cosworth, originally purchased from themselves in 2013. The car subsequently joined a large private collection where it has remained ever since, receiving periodic maintenance, annual MOTs, and has only been driven exactly 200 miles in the last 5 years.
Silverstone reports the bodywork is in superb condition and appears to be the original factory fitment, the panel gaps are all narrow and consistent, corresponding to manufacturing tolerances of the period, there is no accident damage, and all the glasswork is original. The paintwork is lovely and has a deep lustre throughout enhanced by full professional detailing, paint correction and sealing, including all the exterior trim and interior fabrics.
The engine is mechanically perfect and performs well on the road. It had a full service, timing belt and water pump 200 miles ago and is fitted with a full twin stainless steel exhaust, the only known item on the whole car that is not to original specification. The gearbox is 100% and the clutch is clearing well and judder free. The differential is quiet and the LSD is operating.
All the electrical equipment is fully functional including the alarm and all the warning lights and the interior trim is in incredible condition for a car of this type and age.
The current indicated mileage is 3,578 and the MoT is valid until 2019. It’s hard to accept that this stunning car is over 30 years old. As near to perfect as you are going to find, on the button, and ready to be shown or driven, we are all getting excited about this remarkable example of Ford’s finest hour.
You can see the auction in detail here.