Lot 221 - 1985 Ford Sierra XR4i
|Odometer reading||56,000 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £12,000|
If there is an automotive icon of the early 1980s, it has to be the Ford Sierra XR4i with its biplane spoiler. When the Sierra saloon concept was first shown to the public in 1980, it had that spoiler, yet only the XR model used it in production and its production life was short: just 25,662 were sold in two years, 1983-85. Unsurprisingly it never suffered from the crosswind instability for which early Sierras were famed. Best known for its tail-happy handling, it was the last of the great rear-wheel drive V6 grunt Fords, the XR4i was loved by road testers for its mile-eating ability in comfort. Precious few of these icons survive in anything approaching original condition, rust and 'boy racers' having decimated survival levels.
It was the exceptional originality of this example that prompted the vendor to buy it, presented in gleaming black paintwork after a cosmetic restoration which included full detail and re-spray in its original factory colour. Supplied new by Greys of Guildford, this example boasts original sales books, servicing guides and owners handbook alongside a copy of the Ford Motorist's Guide, B998 OPJ appears to have been very well spec'd with electric windows, on-board computer and alarm system from factory, sunroof and desirable power steering. Offered with an MoT test certificate valid until March 2018 and in fantastic unmolested condition showing just 56,000 miles from new, this is surely a Ford enthusiasts dream, with many XR4i's having been left to the rigors of time, this car recaptures those 80's sports car memories.
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