Lot 217 - 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
|Odometer reading||51,289 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £85,000|
|Result||Sold - £79,240|
The standard Sierra that we all know and love was homologated in 1986 for Group A Touring Car Racing. That is to say, 5,000 units needed to be built by Ford's Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) and sold in this advanced state of tune. It didn’t take long and this ‘Blue Collar Hero’ was born. Latterly, it was announced that Mike Moreton was head of the team that planned to develop an Evolution Edition of the already formidable RS in order to make the car unbeatable on the racetracks and, in March 1987, Aston Martin Tickford was signed for the job of converting the 500 allocated cars.
The Cosworth RS500 was announced in July 1987 and was homologated in August that same year. It had minor external cosmetic differences to its parent, the Sierra three-door Cosworth, the rear tailgate had a lower spoiler in addition to the upper ‘whale-tail’ alongside discreet RS500 badging on the rear tailgate and front wings. A redesigned front bumper and spoiler to aid cooling and air flow, including the removal of the fog lamps and their replacement with intake grilles to supplement brake cooling. The example presented here today has just four previous keepers since it was built some 35 years ago and still retains the correct Recaro seats, tilting sunroof and Garrett turbo-charged, two-litre, five-speed gearbox. The block has been upgraded to a Cosworth 4x4 unit, much stronger and able to tolerate over 470bhp, a very costly rebuild in the day. The cylinder-head and ancillaries remain RS500. The ‘spoked’ alloy wheels and Toyo rubber is in good order all round and with £2,500 recently spent under the bonnet including a new water pump and cambelt replacement, the vendor is certainly someone who cherished his possessions. Freshly serviced and with a new MoT test certificate, these are apex collectables and this, part of a collection for some time, will certainly generate interest.
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