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A factory original Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth with only 21,523 miles.
Five hundred extra special examples of the 150 mph Ford Sierra RS Cosworth went on sale in Britain on August 1st 1987. This more powerful ‘evolution’ model was introduced to allow Ford to develop the original limited production run of 5,000 needed to allow the car to be homologated for International Touring Car Racing in Group A. Aston Martin at Tickford were assigned with converting the 500 cars and in addition to the more powerful 224bhp YBD engine, (with the potential to exceed 400bhp in race trim), numerous aerodynamic features were incorporated in the bodywork. These include a 30mm lip spoiler applied directly to the rear edge of the tailgate to increase rear downforce. New and larger cooling ducts were included in the design of the front bumper for the intercooler and the front brakes, as well as an aerodynamic splitter. Ford’s intention was for every RS500 to be finished in Black but limited stock of the regular Cosworths resulted in 56 Diamond White and 52 Moonstone Blue being converted. The vehicle was only available through 90 specialist Ford RS (Rally-Sport) dealers in Britain at a cost of £19,950, a £4,000 premium over a standard RS Cosworth. (Source Ford News Release 87/76). This example is build number 140/500.
Bodyside mouldings, integral front air dam, colour coded door mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, colour coded lockable fuel filler cap, bonnet cooling vents, halogen headlamps, colour coded bumpers, single plane rear wing spoiler with trailing edge fence, lower tailgate mounted spoiler, tinted glass all round, tailgate wash/wipe, laminated windscreen, central locking, extended centre console, cigar lighter, quartz digital clock, fascia light dimmer, leather gearknob, leather three spoke sports steering wheel, 3-speed heater fan , cassette storage, electronic sound system (model ECU2) with power amplifier, electric aerial, Recaro Sports front seats, tilt and slide sunroof, tachometer with turbo boost gauge, trip recorder, ABS with failure warning light, electric front windows.
The striking exterior of this RS Cosworth is nothing short of magnificent. Finished in Ford Black, (Code A and just one of 352 made), the paintwork boasts a deep gloss shine from the original, unrestored factory finish complete with orange peel. All exterior trim and lights remain free from damage as does the vulnerable front splitter. The original front screen has delaminated at the edges and there is a mark to the near side front wing. The unique silver coachline and RS500 badges applied to the front wings and tailgate are present and original. The blue Ford oval badge to the tailgate has aged. Date stampings are visible on key areas such as the inner wings and tailgate and even the discreet Ford logo can be seen on the slam panel. The underside is untouched and clean with factory markings all clearly visible. A truly incredible car in an astonishing preserved condition.
Finished in Ford Roma Grey, (Code S2), the Recaro seats and carpeted door trim are in remarkable condition with no wear or discolouration and completely commensurate with a low mileage pampered example. The driver’s seat bolster still has a soft velvet feel with perfect shape and the carpets are spotless protected by Ford rubber mats. All dials and gauges operate perfectly and show healthy readings and the dashboard is immaculate having suffered no cracks or discolouration. Two small filled holes are visible in the passenger foot-well trim due to a phone cradle having been fitted. The phone kit is listed on the original Ford purchase invoice. The boot area is factory fresh with floor stickers present and the original Ford boot struts no longer hold the tailgate. A fantastic 1980’s interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Cosworth YBD-Series 2.0 litre, 16 valve twin overhead camshaft, four cylinder, fuel injected, turbocharged and intercooled engine which in road use, (as per this example), is tuned to develop 224bhp. Features over a regular Cosworth include a Garrett T31/T04 turbocharger, twin fuel injectors for each cylinder, pressurised oil cooling for each of the engine’s pistons and a larger capacity oil and water pump. Expect 0-60 in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 153mph. The engine bay is incredible in its originality and condition and boasts all the correct engine and chassis identification numbers. The gear changes are solid with progressive clutch action.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Correct and undamaged factory fitted 15 X 7 inch aluminium alloy (ATS) wheels are shod in Continental 205/50 R15 tyres with ample tread and the spare is the original Dunlop SP Sport D40 205/50 VR15 tyre. Four wheel disc brakes with ABS and a hydraulic booster stop the car with confidence.
This Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth build number 140/500 is astonishing in condition, originality and history. Supplied new by Endeavour Motor Co Ltd on the 7th August 1987 to Mr B Blackwell, the original purchase invoice reveals a price paid £20,295 including an application of Diamond Glaze to the exterior paintwork. The sticker for this application is still attached to the rear screen! With just two subsequent former keepers, the last an avid Ford collector having owned the vehicle since 2009, the history file reveals upmost care and attention with invoices for service work and general maintenance. The last service was in March 2021 to include a cambelt change. The history file also includes previous MOT certificates, a full book pack with original stamped service book, SORN declarations and a Sierra RS500 Cosworth brochure. All keys are present and the previous owner has written his account of ownership during the last 12 years and how he came to discover the car. Remarkable and deserving of a top collection.
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