At its introduction in 1982, the Sierra’s revolutionary new shape proved a touch more divisive than Ford had anticipated and some serious marketing became a priority, so it was the obvious choice to become the platform for Ford’s new competition aspirations in conjunction with Cosworth. It fitted the brief well as it was rear wheel drive, had good aerodynamics, albeit being prone to lift at high speeds and was available as a three-door. The new body kit and rear spoiler would sort out the lift issues but, more importantly, Ford still needed to build 5,000 units for homologation, somewhat worrying when the company’s initial approach to the dealer network came back with an estimate that suggested they could sell around 1,500 units! The eventual sales record is, of course, history. Ford went on to sell 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 Sierra Cosworth comfortably exceeded Ford’s best expectations and it went on to become one of the most successful Touring Car racers of all time, winning races all over the world.
This wonderful original three-owner example was supplied by Rates Ford of Essex in 1991, in the later and highly regarded 4×4 Sapphire Cosworth specification. The Cosworth has a well documented history file, with notably the all important Running In Service carried out at 1320 miles on 9th November 1991. In addition the file contains a number of older invoices for maintenance over the last 26 years, and several previous MoT certificates.
Presented In Metallic Flint Grey with a beautiful matching velour interior, this lovely unmolested example is fitted with all original body panels and glass, and sounds fantastic through a full stainless steel exhaust system. The Cosworth has recently enjoyed a major service including cambelt change, and benefits from new brake pads and discs, also new Continental tyres on each corner.
Offered with a fully stamped service book, UK V5, a recently issued MoT certificate, and two sets of keys with alarm fobs, this must be one of the nicest examples available in the UK today.