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Classics Rare Pre-Production Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Heads To The Auction Block

15:43  15 july  2020
15:43  15 july  2020 Source:   autoclassics.com

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1 of the 10 pre - production Sierra RS Cosworths , used as a test mule and UK press car, can be found in our classifieds. Although it was used for testing right up to the production model came out, this still has some details that mark it out from the cars that went on the market.

The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth is a high-performance version of the Ford Sierra that was built by Ford Europe from 1986 to 1992. It was the result of a Ford Motorsport project with the purpose of producing an outright winner for Group A racing in Europe.

a car parked in front of a building: Rare pre-production Ford Sierra RS Cosworth heads to the auction block © AutoClassics.com Copyright Rare pre-production Ford Sierra RS Cosworth heads to the auction block

The only example of its kind that remains.

The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was one of the greatest cars of the 1980s. Unlike today where seemingly every car has a high-performance variant, the "Cossie" was something special – a performance car for the working man.

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Almost without exception, the cars that go under the hammer at auctions across the world have something special and unique about them. But not all can say they are the only ones of their kind, but the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth pictured below can say just that. 19 photos.

A lone surviving Ford Sierra RS Cosworth built as part of a pre - production run of cars in 1985 could sell for a whopping £60,000 as part of an online auction later Having had its provenance confirmed by members of the original Ford Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) team and finished in the very rare

Nowadays it's very much in "classic" territory. Seeing one is something of a special occasion, and buying one is even more special. Now you can have a chance of getting hold of a Sierra RS Cosworth of your own – but not just any example.

Leading online classic car auctioneer TheMarket.co.uk is offering a super rare pre-production example of the car, one of just 10 right-hand drive examples made as part of Ford's 4P "Pre-Production Prove Out Programme."

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Of those 10, seven were converted for use in rallying, while of the three road-ready examples, this is thought to be the only one that remains today. What's more, while most Sierra RS Cosworths were finished in white, this one comes in a rare Moonstone Blue finish.

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The RS Cosworth gave the Sierra range proper ‘street cred’. Ford Motorsport under Stuart Turner needed a Group A saloon to replace the Capri. Aerodynamic work yielded effective spoilers; a nose intake fed air to the intercooler. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and 7x15in alloys were specified

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It is thought to be one of the original testing and press cars, and possibly the star of the original "Cars of the Future" TV advert, too.

This particular car was built roughly nine months before the full production run started, being registered on October, 30 1985. Nine years later it was exported to New Zealand where it spent four years in storage while its engine was rebuilt.

It returned to the UK in 2016, two owners and a full restoration (which cost tens of thousands of dollars) later.

"This car is a piece of Ford history! Not only is this one of the most desirable fast-Fords made but this is one of the very first examples ever built. The auction will be a very special opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors looking for a genuine Sierra RS Cosworth, with a price tag which is within reach for serious buyers," said Tristan Judge, director, The Market.

"The current owner took an already very good car and made it perfect. Like so many of us, he once had a poster of a Sierra Cosworth on his bedroom wall. Now it’s somebody else’s turn to own it, and an opportunity like this one rarely comes along."

The Sierra RS Cosworth was powered by a 204-hp turbocharged four-pot which propelled the car from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 6.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h). Under the skin, there was a racing-developed suspension, while the aerodynamically-enhanced bodywork definitely set it apart from your regular Sierra.

The UK-registered car comes with a valid MOT until June 2021, plus a selection of invoices and bills relating to the car, a detailed summary of its life and previous owners, and the original owner's handbook and Ford Sierra RS Cosworth supplement.

It will be offered in an online auction running between from July 23-30, with an estimate of £39,000 to £59,000. That's about $49,300 to $74,585 at current exchange rates.

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