Wednesday, 26 October 2016

1987 FORD SIERRA RS COSWORTH - Hurlingham Motor Company Ltd


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Hurlingham Motor Company Ltd
Unit 20, Townmead Business Centre, William Morris Way, London
Tel: 020 7384 3704     Mobile: 07770 440941

Project RS Cosworth was defined by Stuart Turner in the spring of 1983. He had recently been appointed head of Ford Motorsport in Europe, and he realised right away that Ford was no longer competitive in this area.


Turner got in touch with Walter Hayes, at the time the vice-president of public relations at Ford, to get support for the project. Hayes had earlier been the driving force behind the development of the Ford GT40 that won Le Mans in 1966, and the Cosworth DFV engine that brought Ford 154 victories and 12 world championships in Formula One during the 1960s and 1970s. Hayes found the project very appealing and promised his full support.

Turner then invited Ken Kohrs, vice-president of development, to visit Ford’s longtime partner, the automotive company Cosworth, where they were presented a project developed on Cosworth’s own initiative, the YAA engine. This was a twin cam, 16-valve engine based on Ford’s own T88 engine block, better known as the Pinto. This prototype proved an almost ideal basis for the engine Turner needed to power his Group A winner.

Therefore, an official request for a turbocharged version (designated Cosworth YBB) capable of 180 HP on the street and 300 HP in race trim, was placed. Cosworth answered positively, but they put up two conditions: the engine would produce not less than 150 kW (204 HP) in the street version, and Ford had to accept no fewer than 15,000 engines. Turner’s project would only need about 5,000 engines, but Ford nevertheless accepted the conditions. The extra 10,000 engines would later become one of the reasons Ford also chose to develop a four door, second generation Sierra RS Cosworth.

Bodyside mouldings, integral front air dam, colour coded door mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, colour coded lockable fuel filler cap, bonnet cooling vents, halogen headlamps, integral front driving lamps, colour coded bumpers with front moulded overriders, single plane rear wing spoiler, tinted glass all round, tailgate wash/wipe, laminated windscreen, extended centre console, cigar lighter, quartz digital clock, fascia light dimmer, leather gearknob, leather three spoke sports steering wheel, 3-speed heater fan , cassette storage, electronic sound system (model ECU2) with power amplifier, electric aerial, Recaro Sports front seats, split folding rear seats, tilt and slide sunroof, tachometer with turbo boost gauge, trip recorder, anti-locking brake system with failure warning light, electric front windows.

Few car command respect and admiration like the exterior of this RS Cosworth. Finished in rare Moonstone Blue, the paintwork boasts a deep gloss shine from the original, unrestored factory finish. The car has no rust or corrosion whatsoever. All exterior trim is in excellent order as is the original security etched glass, lights and badges, free from damage and age related deterioration. The engine bay is incredible in its originality and condition, commensurate of the car’s very low mileage. The original DEALER Number plates are on the car as is the dealer sticker in the rear. Sensational throughout.

The interior of this RS Cosworth is incredible well preserved. Finished in Ford Roma Grey (code S2), the Recaro seats and door trim are in as new condition. The carpets are spotless and have remained free from wear. All interior equipment and trim is original, functional and free from any modification or additions. The dashboard is immaculate having suffered no cracks or discolouration. The standard electronic sound system with power amplifier remains as Ford intended and provides excellent sound through the original speakers. All the Ford manufacturer stickers are in place. A fantastic 1980’s interior.

The original RS Cosworth powerplant warrants little introduction. Fitted with the standard 2.0 Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) with Garrett AiResearch T3 turbocharger and intercooler, the motorsport pedigree of this car is unmistakable. With an impressive output of 204HP allowing the car accelerate smoothly through 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 149mph, this truly is a recipe to set the heart racing. The low mileage is clearly evident when changing through the gears with crisp, tight and precise progression up and down the range. A wonderful drive.

The standard 15 X 7 inch RS Sierra Cosworth alloy wheels are spotless and shod with recent Toyo Proxes tyres all round, with excellent tread remaining. Diagonally split hydraulic circuits, anti-lock braking assisted 28.3cm ventilated discs up front and 27.3cm discs at the rear bring the car to a sure and steady halt. The spare wheel and tyre appear unused.

A truly incredible and complete history file waits to for the new owner of this legendary and historically important vehicle. Supplied new on the 13.02.87 by Ford Main Dealers, Hooleys of Nottingham, this example is perfect for the discerning collector. It has all the original Book pack and supplements with original correct and stamped service book. It also comes with a bound file of bills and receipts plus all keys etc. We also have details of all four owners from new. The first of whom had the car for 17 years.

A really enjoyable investment and increasingly rare and hard to find as good as this.

HPI Clear, Fresh MOT at point of sale.

Since: 2010

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