Lot 171 - 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
|Odometer reading||14,455 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,360|
The sight of rival manufacturers reaping the rewards of a successful circuit racing programme prompted Ford to renew its alliance with engine builder, Cosworth, to create the Sierra. Assembly of the minimum 5,000 units required for Group A homologation commenced in June 1986 at the company's Genk plant in Belgium. Based on the three-door Sierra bodyshell, the RS Cosworth combined the standard 1,993cc Pinto engine's cylinder block with a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, the first time the latter combination had been seen in a production Ford engine. Topping it off was a Cosworth developed, twin-camshaft, 16-valve cylinder head fed by a Garrett AiResearch turbocharger, the latter being deemed necessary to achieve a competitive power output for racing, which in time would amount to over 500bhp! Even in standard road trim, the Sierra RS Cosworth produced a staggering 204bhp, its Weber-Marelli engine management system ensuring that the resulting stupendous performance was delivered with minimal turbo-lag. Needless to say, the standard Sierra underpinnings were comprehensively up-rated to cope. 6,021 examples had been completed when production ceased in 1992, and today the model is much sought after.
This example, presented in blue with grey interior, was first registered in November 1986 and thus one of the first two-wheel drive examples seen on UK roads. These highly desirable Sierra's are rarely seen on the road these days and indeed this example has been in a museum for a number of years until recently, the last MoT test certificate expired on 10th July 2015. The current vendor is reluctantly selling this iconic three-door hatchback due to lack of storage space. Minor re-commissioning will be required for D942 EDX, however these classic Fords have excellent car clubs to assist in locating parts and advice. Supplied with a V5C registration document this genuine RS Cosworth is very realistically estimated.
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