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1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS

Lot No.: 904

Registration: D53 RUR
Chassis Number: WFOEXXGBBEGG19081
Engine Number: GG19081
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1993cc
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Estimate (£): 25,000 - 29,000

At its introduction in 1982, the Sierra's revolutionary new shape proved a touch more divisive than Ford had anticipated and some serious marketing became a priority, so it was the obvious choice to become the platform for Ford's new competition aspirations in conjunction with Cosworth. It fitted the brief well as it was rear wheel drive, had good aerodynamics, albeit being prone to lift at high speeds and was available as a three-door. The new body kit and rear spoiler would sort out the lift issues but, more importantly, Ford still needed to build 5,000 units for homologation, somewhat worrying when the company's initial approach to the dealer network came back with an estimate that suggested they could sell around 1,500 units! The eventual sales record is, of course, history. Ford went on to sell 5,545 three-door cars including the RS500, of which only 500 were built, and the Cosworth engine also found its way into nearly 30,000 Ford Sierra Saloons (Cosworth 3dr, Sapphire 2wd, and 4wd). The Sierra Cosworth comfortably exceeded Ford's best expectations and it went on to become one of the most successful Touring Car racers of all time, winning races all over the world.

We are delighted to present an original, matching numbers, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth finished in the rare and desirable colour of Moonstone Blue.

First registered on 26th February 1987, the car was purchased from a Ford Main Dealer by its last owner in October 1988, when it was just 20 months old, at which point the records indicated that it had been enjoyed by two previous owners. 

It appears to have been used as normal everyday transport until the mid-nineties, when it was taken off the road and stored in the owner's garage, where it was to remain unused for more than 20 years, making only an occasional appearance for an MOT. 

The recorded mileage of 42,780 miles is known by our vendor to be accurate, however, since all service documentation has been lost, the mileage cannot be officially verified. 

The car has been MOT'd every year since 2012 but has not been used. Prior to receiving its latest MOT in January 2017, the car underwent a full brake overhaul including new discs and pads front and rear and reconditioned callipers front and rear. The relevant invoices for this work are in the car's history file along with the Registration Documents, V5's and SORN's etc.

This is a well-presented, completely standard and apparently unmolested example of these desirable eighties sporting saloons and is eminently usable with a sensible mileage that doesn't mean you have to worry about putting a few more on, and an appearance that suggests that it has been cossetted all its life. A cracking 'Cossie'.