Lot 43 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £43,875
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: D678SVW
Chassis No: WF0EXXGBBEGG19067
MOT: February 2021
Introduced at the 1985 Geneva Motor Show, the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth - the first Blue Oval product to wear a Cosworth badge - was the brainchild of Stuart Turner and his team. Conceived as a means of homologating the Sierra for Group A Touring Car Racing, the newcomer's three-door monocoque bodyshell was aerodynamically enhanced via a deep front air dam, side skirts and 'whale tail' rear spoiler. Powered by a Cosworth-designed 2-litre DOHC 16-valve turbo engine allied to Borg Warner T5 manual transmission, the rear-wheel drive hatchback was credited with developing some 204bhp and 205lbft. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and 149.5mph in standard tune, total production of the first-generation RS Cosworth is thought to have amounted to just 5,542 cars.
Believed to have been first used by a Ford director based on the fact that Ford retained it for the first year of its life, D678 SVW is finished in arguably the best colour of Moonstone Blue with grey interior and has covered just 52,126 miles from new in the hands of two subsequent private keepers. Sold at the Ford Motor company’s auction at BCA in 1987 with 13,630 miles recorded, the car resided in Holland between 1996 and 2015 with much of its time in dry storage. Owned by the vendor since 2013 it was treated to a new cambelt and fuel pump and refurbishment of the wheels in May 2016. Offered with service book, handbooks, 2 keys, a collection of invoices and old MoTs together with a period recall letter from Ford, this desirable three-door ‘Cossie’ is understood to be completely standard apart from a stainless-steel exhaust and is said to have both 'Excellent' seats and dashboard plus is offered with a no-advisory MoT into Feb 2021.