Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (1986)

Price: GBP52,395

 Vehicle Specification 

  • Year: 1986
  • Colour: Moonstone Blue
  • Engine: 1993cc Petrol
  • Mileage 52,356
  • Condition Good

 Vehicle Description 

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A sensational Ford Sierra RS Cosworth pampered with just 52,356 miles.

The Sierra RS Cosworth project was defined in the spring of 1983 by the then recently appointed head of Ford Motorsport in Europe. It was established that at the time, Ford was no longer competitive in this area. After receiving full support from Ford Public Relations, the project was underway with the Sierra chosen as the basis for the task ahead. Ford Motorsport in Europe approached the automotive company Cosworth who answered positively, but put up two conditions: The street version of the car had to produce no less than 204 HP, and Ford had to accept no less than 15,000 engines. The project would only need about 5,000 engines, but Ford nevertheless accepted the conditions. The extra 10,000 engines would later become one of the reasons Ford also chose to develop a four door, second generation Sierra RS Cosworth. Few cars have ever been greeted with such enthusiasm as the original Sierra RS Cosworth.

Bodyside mouldings, integral front air dam, colour coded door mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, bonnet cooling vents, halogen headlamps, integral front driving lamps, colour coded polycarbonate bumpers with black insert, single plane rear wing spoiler, tinted glass all round, central locking, leather gearknob, leather three spoke sports steering wheel, cassette storage, electronic sound system (model ECU2) with power amplifier, tilt and slide sunroof, tachometer with turbo boost gauge, quartz digital clock, graphic warning module, electric windows. Dealer accessories; Ford rubber floor mats, VECTA Silhouette immobiliser.

The iconic styling of the Sierra RS Cosworth is instantly recognisable and a real barnstormer. Finished in optional Ford Moonstone Blue, (Code K6), the uniform paintwork is tremendous and displays the correct orange peel finish throughout. All panels are factory original with correct ’86 year date stampings and seam welds to the front wings with the tiny Ford logos visible to those who know where to look. The exterior trim is in excellent order and the front lower rubber splitter, often distorted, retaining correct shape. The glass displays the original number and dots dated Securit etchings, and accuracy seekers will be pleased to see the original Cibie headlamps. The glass is number plate etched and the front screen has delaminated slighted to the lower bottom edge. Supplying Ford dealer number plates and rear screen sticker remain fitted. A truly sensational car commensurate with the incredibly pampered care and true to the original Ford SVE Department design.

The interior of this RS Cosworth is outstanding and exactly as Ford intended. Finished in Ford Roma and Cashmere Grey Velour, (Code S2), the Recaro seats and door trim are spotless and show virtually no wear. Only very light creasing to the driver’s seat base is evident. The carpets are spotless having been protected from new by tailored Ford floor mats, the dashboard has a tailor made cover and is completely free from distortion. The standard ECU2 electronic sound system with power amplifier is fully operational and the LCD display to warn of bulb failure and open doors operates perfectly. Even an unused Ford first aid kit remains in the uncut parcel shelf. The conscious previous owner has made a tool housed in the boot to take the weight off the shelf when the boot is closed to prevent it bowing. The boot insulation panel designed to raise the boot floor to incorporate the larger spare wheel is present and in perfect condition. A classic and correct Ford RS interior.

Fitted with the standard 1993cc Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) engine with the Garrett AiResearch T3 turbocharger and intercooler, the racing pedigree of this car is truly evident with performance figures quoted of 204bhp, 149mph top speed and 0-60 in just 6.2 seconds. The engine bay will please originality seekers with factory panel stampings on the inner wings, bonnet underside and slam panel. All stickers and plates remain intact and are not reproduction items. The tough T5 manual transmission is direct and precise and perfectly weighted.

The standard Rial 15 X 7J Sierra Cosworth alloy wheels and centre caps are pristine finished in Nimbus Grey with diamond cut facings. Matching Dunlop Sport tyres in the correct size of 205/50 R15 have masses of tread remaining and the spare wheel is wrapped in the original Dunlop SP Sport D40 tyre with tread depth indicator, a feature deleted on the Sapphire Cosworth. Hydraulically boosted anti-lock brakes with 28.3cm ventilated discs up front and 27.3cm discs at the rear bring the car to a sure halt.

Manufactured at the Ford Genk plant in September 1986 and supplied new on the 28th November 1986 by Ford RS Dealer, Bristol Street Motors, this example has covered a genuine and warranted 52,356 miles from new. The huge history file contains every MOT and Ford Main Dealer invoice with the last 11 years being annual at John Grose. The previous owner, Mr Parker, has an excellent relationship with Steve Syrett, the Service Director at John Grose. When buying the car over 11 years ago, Mr Syrett accompanied him on every visit viewing a total of eight examples. Eventually and politely he tasked Mr Parker to go and find his perfect car first and he would then view to confirm the credentials. This was the car that ticked every box and was given the seal of approval, much to Mr Syretts relief! The A4 file is brimmed full with paperwork, all neatly filed in chronical order from the original purchase invoice at Bristol Street Motors for £16,704.69 to the latest cam-belt and water pump change at Harvey Gibbs in August 2019 for £438.14. Reading the file will take many joyful hours and offers complete piece of mind.

The Ford grey leather wallet contains all handbooks, guides and dealership literature, and the original stamped service book. All keys are present including a working torch key! It really does not get much better than this.

MOT July 2020, HPI Clear.

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