We are delighted to offer this 19,945m Immaculate Investor Quality RS500. One of only 52 cars finished in Moonstone Blue and apparently of these only 19 remain.
The Sierra RS Cosworth project was defined in the spring of 1983 by the then recently appointed head of Ford Motorsport in Europe. It was established that at the time, Ford was no longer competitive in this area. After receiving full support from Ford Public Relations, the project was underway with the Sierra chosen as the basis for the project. Ford Motorsport in Europe approached the automotive company Cosworth who answered positively, but put up two conditions: The street version of the car had to produce no less than 204 HP, and Ford had to accept no less than 15,000 engines. Few cars have ever been greeted with such enthusiasm as the original Sierra RS Cosworth, perhaps only the exclusive 500 cars that were developed to become an evolution edition, unbeatable on the track. Aston Martin at Tickford were assigned with converting the 500 cars, which in 1987 were to be announced as the RS500. Engineering differences aside, largely the cars were aesthetically similar to the standard Cosworth. The main differences being the additional boot mounted spoiler, discrete badges and the revised front bumper to aid improved cooling. This included the removal of the front fog lamps as standard, but with the dealerships offering reinstatement as an optional extra.
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, colour coded bumpers, single plane rear wing spoiler with trailing edge fence, lower tailgate mounted spoiler, tinted glass all round, tailgate wash/wipe, laminated windscreen, central locking, 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. Dealer options; Headlamp protectors, Ford rubber mats.
The motorsport cued stylings of this RS Cosworth are utterly breath-taking and nothing short of simply magnificent. Finished in optional Ford Moonstone Blue (code K6), the paintwork boasts a deep gloss shine and beautifully polished finish. The car has no rust or corrosion whatsoever and only a small chip to the front offside wing is worthy of mention. All exterior trim, rubbers, glass and lights remain free from damage, as have the all imperative RS500 badges and decals. The front lower splitter has remained true to shape and the original Cibie headlamps are protected by plastic fitted covers. A very clean underside displays original manufacturer stampings on various components. A truly incredible car in astonishing preserved condition, the pinnacle RS500.
The interior of this RS500 is simply beautiful. Finished in Ford Roma Grey (code S2), the Recaro seats and carpeted door trim are in remarkable condition with no wear or discolouration. The three spoke leather steering wheel and gear knob reflect the low mileage covered. The carpets are spotless and have remained free from wear having been protected from new by genuine Ford rubber mats. All dials and gauges operate perfectly including all electric warning lamps and the door open/bulb blown warning display. The dashboard is superb having suffered no cracks or discolouration, with only four tiny drill holes to the lower passenger foot well where a 1980s mobile phone speaker once lived! A spotless boot area houses the original wooden wheel cover and an undamaged straight parcel shelf, impossible to source. An incredible surviving 1980s RS interior, truly astonishing.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original RS Cosworth powerplant warrants little introduction. Fitted with the standard 2.0 Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) with the larger Garrett AiResearch T31/T04 turbocharger and intercooler, the motorsport pedigree of this car is unmistakable. With an impressive output of 224HP allowing the car to accelerate smoothly through 0-60 in 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 153mph. With manufacturer stickers and panel stamps displayed, the engine bay is incredible in its originality and condition, even down to the original material fuse box cover. The correct engine and chassis identification numbers identify this as a true genuine RS500. The gear changes are crisp, tight and precise, exactly as you would expect from such a low mileage cosseted example.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted 15 X 7 inch RS Sierra Cosworth alloy wheels housed within the flared arches are in pristine unrestored condition, and are shod with the original ultra-low profile Dunlop D40 205/50 R15 tyres all round including the spare, 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.
Supplied by Ford RS Dealers on 10th September 1987, build number 471 of 500 has covered an amazingly low 19,945 miles from new. All handbooks including the all-important RS500 Cosworth supplement remain in the history file along with some previous MOT certificates and copy V5 documents. An independent report commissioned by the previous owner by renowned valuation experts Julian Shoolheifer Limited was carried out on 28th October 2014. This car has also formed part of the world famous Bonkers Collection to which all Ford aficionados are aware. KGF Classic Cars have taken the car to respected Mr Harvey Gibbs of Cosworth specialists, Supreme Car Services, for a full service and inspection including cambelt and tensioner as well as a MOT. One key fits all locks and ignition.
This vehicle will appeal to the discerning collector wanting an incredibly well preserved, unmolested example of a now very rare car. We are proud to offer this truly special car to the market and the exceptional opportunity that it represents to the informed enthusiast who will appreciate such cars are rarely offered to the open market.