Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

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3 Aug
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Too steep or a steal? Last surviving rare Ford Sierra RS Cosworth from the ‘80s to go under the hammer for an estimated £60,000 this month

The example is just 1 of 10 Sierra RS Coworths built in 1985 ahead of production

It is the only one to survive, with 7 of the others going on to become rally cars

It has an estimated auction value of £39,000 to £59,000, says The Market

That sounds like a lot, but these ‘80s era Fast Fords have been selling for record figures in excess of £100,000 in recent years 

A lone surviving Ford Sierra RS Cosworth built as part of a pre-production run of cars in 1985 could sell for a whopping £60,000 as part of an online auction later this month. 

The example is one of just 10 right-hand drive cars made ahead of the Fast Ford’s official production cycle - seven of which became rally cars and the remaining three being used on the road, with this being the only one recorded to still be in existence.

Having had its provenance confirmed by members of the original Ford Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) team and finished in the very rare colourway of Moonstone Blue, it is estimated to become one of the priciest examples to ever sell.

Registration C357 HVW was one of the ten versions built as part of Ford’s ‘Four-P’ Pre-Production Prove Out Programme in 1985 - a year ahead of the car being put into full assembly in Tickford. It has featured heavily in the media during its lifetime, having been Ford’s official test cars loaned to members of the press and also appearing in the original ‘Cars of the Future’ TV advert.

As a genuine UK-registered, right hand drive, three-door example, and showing 68,000 miles, it will be offered for sale with an estimate of £39,000 to £59,000 via an online auction running between 23 and 30 July. 

With most examples of the sought-after Fast Ford being finished in ‘Essex’ white, it offers a rare opportunity to own a collectible car that comes with added heritage. 

‘This car is a piece of Ford history! Not only is this one of the most desirable fast-Fords made but this is one of the very first examples ever built,’ exclaimed Tristan Judge, director of online collectible car website, The Market. 

‘The auction will be a very special opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors looking for a genuine Sierra RS Cosworth, with a price tag which is within reach for serious buyers.’ While £59,000 might seem steep for a 35-year old motor with almost 70,000 miles on the clock, values of the Fast Ford have gone through the roof in recent years.

The more powerful and -therefore - collectible Sierra RS500 Cosworth - of which there were just 500, as the name implies - have in recent years sold for prices in excess of £100,000.

And a 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth that was part of the production run following ‘C357 HVW’ went under the hammer in May for £36,300 - despite having been left in storage for 22 years and falling into a sorry-looking state.

At the time when the Sierra RS Cosworth hit showrooms, it was the epitome of ‘80s boyhood dreams and posters of the three-door motor adorned the bedroom walls of young impressionable petrolheads.

Flared wheel arches, a vented bonnet and the unmistakable ‘whale tail’ rear wing had teenage boys drooling over the modified family car. 

With a top speed of around 150mph and a 0-60mph time of 6.2 seconds, the RS Cosworth sports a turbocharged 204bhp engine mated to a rear wheel drive chassis. 

Its performance is enhanced further by the body kit and spoiler engineered for aerodynamics and suspension based on racing experience. Built approximately nine months before the official production run started, this car was first registered in the UK on 30th October 1985. Exported by its owner to New Zealand in 1994, it spent four years in storage while treated to an engine rebuild.

After changing hands two more times, the car’s current owner, who purchased it in 2009, has spent tens-of-thousands of pounds and countless hours perfecting the car in a climate-controlled facility.

Careful to preserve its originality wherever possible by using original Ford parts, the car has received a new headlining, new foam in the front seats, replacement lights, mouldings, door and window seals, electrical sensors and hoses, suspension bushes, cambelt, fresh fluids and a new front splitter.

The original three-spoke steering wheel is present and correct, as is the Ford-branded radio/cassette player and separate audio control panel. The car even retains an original Ford dealer sticker in the rear window.

Repatriated in to the UK in 2016, today, at the age of 35 years, the car is presented in immaculate condition with tight and even shut lines and dent and ripple-free panels. 

The owner has even reunited the car with its original, historically important registration number. ’The current owner took an already very good car and made it perfect. Like so many of us, he once had a poster of a Sierra Cosworth on his bedroom wall. Now it’s somebody else’s turn to own it, and an opportunity like this one rarely comes along,’ concludes Tristan.

Accompanying the car is its MOT certificate which was gained without a single advisory and expires in June 2021. 

Also included in the sale is a selection of invoices and bills to confirm the work that has been carried out over the years, a very detailed summary of the car’s life and owners, as well as the original owner’s handbook and Ford Sierra RS Cosworth supplement.


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