Fast Fords are big at the minute, there’s no doubt, but it’s all getting a bit silly.
The Sierra pictured above has just sold for a staggering £114,750.
Yep, that’s a 30-year-old Ford with less power than a Focus ST that just fetched more than the list price of a Jaguar F-Type SVR, an Audi RS7 Performance or a nicely specced Range Rover.
In fairness, this isn’t any old Sierra. It’s one of only 500 Sierra Cosworth RS500s ever made and is a very clean, low-mileage example at that.
The RS500 was a strictly limited evolution version of the Cosworth-tuned homologation special. It was uprated to make it more suited to track work and its 2.0-litre engine boosted by a bigger-than usual Garrett turbo put out a healthy 224bhp and 204lb/ft of torque.
Chassis number 387 was sold for the eye-watering sum at Silverstone Auctions’ recent classics sale after living a very sheltered life.
After just over a year in the hands of Maidstone businessman the car was then bought by one of the world’s wealthiest men. He and his jet-setting family used it only rarely when they were visiting his English country estate, although it was to remain in his ownership for the next 29 years. The family ran the car for three years, taking its mileage up to a mere 10,733 before parking it in one of their estate garages in late 1991, where it remained untouched for some 26 years.
Early this year Cosworth specialist John Taylor took on the job of recommissioning the rare car and set about getting it roadworthy. In doing so he gave the engine a thorough overhaul and replaced the brakes, battery and fuel tank. Everything else is as was on the car when it was first sold, right down to the original Dunlop D40 tyres.
The £114k Sierra wasn’t the only fast Ford to fetch a pretty penny at last weekend’s sale, a 2010 Ford Focus RS500 that had spent its entire life on show, covering only 206km from new, went for £54,000.
An iconic 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands also made a healthy £55,125, while a 1973 Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico reached £34,313.