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A legendary original Ford Sierra RS Cosworth with just 25,768 miles from new.
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 project. 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, colour coded lockable fuel filler cap, bonnet cooling vents, halogen headlamps, integral front driving lamps, colour coded bumpers with front moulded overriders, single plane rear wing spoiler, tinted glass all round, tailgate wash/wipe, laminated windscreen, 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, split folding rear seats, tilt and slide sunroof, tachometer with turbo boost gauge, trip recorder, anti-locking brake system with failure warning light, electric front windows. Factory options; Ford Black paintwork.
The commanding exterior of this RS Cosworth is breath-taking and nothing short of simply magnificent. Finished in optional Ford Black (code A9), the paintwork boasts a deep gloss shine from the original, unrestored factory finish. The car has no rust or corrosion whatsoever and its stunning preservation is commensurate with an example of such amazing low mileage. All exterior trim is in excellent order as is the glass, lights and badges, although the front lower rubber splitter is mildly out of shape. Light stone chips to the rear lower arch extensions and a couple to the front are left untreated so as not to dilute the originality. Dealer number plates and rear window sticker are fitted as is a red coachline specified by a previous owner. The engine bay is incredible in its originality and condition with factory plates and stickers displayed but has never been detailed. A truly sensational car remaining just as Ford intended.
The interior of this RS Cosworth is simply stunning. Finished in Ford Roma Grey (code S2), the Recaro seats and door trim are superb. Only light creasing to the driver’s seat base is evident. The carpets are spotless and have remained free from wear having been protected by tailored floor mats. All interior equipment and trim is original, functional and free from any modification or additions. The dashboard is immaculate having suffered no cracks, discolouration or distortion. The standard electronic sound system with power amplifier remains as Ford intended and the LCD display to warn of bulb failure and open doors operates perfectly with all lamps elements working. Even the original unopened Ford first aid kit still wrapped in cellophane remains in the parcel shelf compartment! An absolute showpiece.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original RS Cosworth powerplant warrants little introduction. Fitted with the standard 2.0 Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) with Garrett AiResearch T3 turbocharger and intercooler, the motorsport pedigree of this car is unmistakable. With an impressive output of 204HP allowing the car accelerate smoothly through 0-60 in 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 149mph, this truly is a recipe to set the heart racing. The low mileage is clearly evident when changing through the gears with crisp, tight and precise progression up and down the range. An absolute delight.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard 15 X 7 inch RS Sierra Cosworth alloy wheels are shod with Firestone Firehawk 205/50 R15 tyres all round, with excellent tread remaining. Retaining the factory standard finish, the wheels are exceptional albeit for just a faint section of lacquer lift on the offside front rim. Diagonally split hydraulic circuits, anti-lock braking assisted 28.3cm ventilated discs up front and 27.3cm discs at the rear bring the car to a sure and steady halt.
Supplied new on the 2nd June 1987 by Ford Main Dealers Gilbert Rice, this example has had just three former keepers with the main custodian having owned the car from November 1988 until September 2014. The history file consists of many main dealer and specialist invoices dating throughout the vehicles life as well as previous MOT certificates. A print out is also included revealing date, mileage and work carried out of every visit. An invoice in the history file from 2013 for £1,031.83 evidences a cambelt change including auxiliary belts and pulley assembly, water pump and brake overhaul in addition to service items. A further oil service has just been carried out in April 2015 with less than 100 miles covered since.
Now having covered a very low 25,768 miles from new, this car has never been restored or modified, even the factory supplied exhaust system is still fitted! An exceptional show car worthy of any premier collection.
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