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  •   Antonio Ghini reacted to this post about 11 months ago
    Ben Hosking posted a new blog post in Ford Sierra
    A crazy blend of V8 power, stock car racer inspiration, and lots of tyre smoke… it’s a Sierra but not as we know it! Words by Ben Hosking. Photos by Ade Brannan.
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  •   Malcolm McKay reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    SIERRA COSWORTH 30th / #Ford-Sierra / #Ford / #1985 /

    We head to Santa Pod along with a dozen #Ford-Sierra-Cosworth owners to celebrate 30 years of this legendary fast Ford… Words: Jamie King & Dan Furr images: Dan Sherwood.

    The Sierra RS Cosworth is a Blue Oval legend. Its name alone is enough to send shivers down the spines of lesser machines, and that huge rear wing is an icon that has become synonymous with speed! The original ‘Cossie’ epitomises what fast Fords are all about, combining power and style with practicality and usability. And most of all they’re fun – serious amounts of fun!


    Seldom does a car achieve such an iconic status and have such a dedicated following of enthusiasts. So we couldn’t simply let the Sierra Cosworth’s 30th anniversary come and go without celebrating the occasion. That’s why we got together with a group of likeminded Cossie fans who joined us at Santa Pod for the three-door’s 30th birthday photoshoot. Typically, the unpredictable British weather played along as we all knew it would, and even with the photoshoot taking place in late summer the dark rain clouds soon gathered overhead. Thankfully though, apart from one downpour at lunchtime (which provided the perfect time to grab a bite to eat) we remained dry for the best part of the day, and the sun even popped out from behind the clouds on the odd occasion too!


    But despite the ominous-looking weather, we were pleased to see a great turnout of Cossies as we rolled through the gates at 9am. The familiar roar of a YB could be heard for the next 30 minutes or so as more and more Sierras arrived to join the party. All told a total of 12 cars made it to the photoshoot – which is no mean feat considering it was mid-week and the weather looked so iffy.

    But such is the love for this iconic fast Ford, these owners weren’t going to let silly things like work and a little bit of water get in the way of celebrating their favourite Blue Oval’s birthday, and they flocked from all over the country just to be a part of our little homage to the mighty Cosworth.

    The line up included a diverse selection of cars (although, strangely, no black ones!), ranging from low-mileage standard examples, to fast-road weekend warriors, right through to out-and out track toys!

    So sit back and soak up some of the three-door awesomeness over the next few pages, and join us in wishing the Sierra RS Cosworth many happy returns as it celebrates 30 years of being a true fast Ford legend!

    NAME: JOHN STEWART (Moonstone D29 UTV)
    FROM: Buckinghamshire
    OWNED: 14 years
    John Stewart’s mega-power Moonstone monster was a completely standard RS when he first laid eyes on it back in 2001. “I wanted a factory-spec Cossie that I could use as the platform for an extensive resto-mod project. Buying an unfettled RS meant that I could put my own stamp on the car without somebody else being able to lay claim to the work for themselves!” he says. An initial plan to hit Stage 3 power levels quickly unfolded, although John credits his Sierra’s current specification to a catastrophic head gasket failure. “The car was heavily modified by the time that it blew its top,” he tells us. “Unsurprisingly, I was faced with an expensive engine rebuild, at which point I reasoned that I might as well chase big power,” he grins.


    Sure enough, this cool Cossie is now chucking out a mighty 571.4bhp thanks to a fully-forged engine that makes use of Arrow rods and Cosworth pistons, a WRC eight-injector conversion, a braced GT35 turbocharger, a Hart inlet manifold and an Airtec intercooler. Better still, the Ford’s factory gearbox has made way for a Reyland-modifi ed Tremec transmission that sends power to the rear wheels via a Jaguar 10.5-inch diff mated to a Supreme Car Services six-degree beam! Brembo four-pots with 330mm discs are just about visible when taking a peek through the busy spokes of the car’s Compomotive CXN split rims, while Ford Racing gauges and a Pectel boost controller keep John in tune with his super Sierra’s in-action operating conditions while he’s sat behind the wheel. SPEC: Fully rebuilt engine, 571.4bhp, 200 block, Cosworth forged pistons, Arrow connecting rods, WRC oil squirters, ITG air filter, Hart inlet manifold, WRC eightinjector configuration, GT35 turbocharger, turbo brace, Tial external wastegate, Airtec intercooler and turbo cooler, Mongoose stainless steel exhaust system, modifi ed Tremec gearbox, Triton clutch, Jaguar 10.5- inch rear diff, SCS six-degree rear beam, GAZ Gold coilovers, front strut brace, Brembo four-piston front calipers with 330mm discs, Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 rear calipers with 330mm discs, Compomotive CXN spit rims, Renault Laguna splitter, Ford Racing gauges, SCS engine monitor, custom pillar pod, twelve-stage Pectel boost controller.

    NAME: JIM BLEASE (White D900 AJF)
    FROM: Berkshire
    OWNED: 3 years
    To describe Jim Blease’s special-edition Sierra as a ‘scrapyard spec’ example of an RS #Cosworth might sound like something of a put down, but his is a car that really has been dragged out of a metal merchant’s parts pile! “The son of the scrap dealer bought the car as a project before abandoning it in the corner of his Dad’s yard!” gasps Jim. “All of the Ford’s surviving vital organs had been thrown into its rear end. Unfortunately, the car’s sunroof was less than watertight, resulting in a shell full of green slime and stagnant water. To make matters worse, it was littered with rodent poo, and the all-important engine and gearbox were missing,” he sighs.


    Undeterred, Jim bought the compromised Cossie and proceeded to use it as the host for the guts of his accident-damaged Sapphire Cosworth track toy. “Essentially, I re-shelled the Saph,” he continues. “I had to replace the Sierra’s roof skin due to excessive corrosion caused by the leaky sunroof, but I had a healthy surplus of old rally car components that I could delve into when building my scrapyard survivor!” he says.


    That fruitful parts pile yielded Gaz coilovers, a 909 rear axle, a GT28 turbocharger and a Level 8 ECU, while Supreme Car Services supplied an engine to the tune of 380bhp and 400lb/ft of torque. AP Racing stoppers and RS500 exterior trim also contribute towards the resurrection of this salvage Sierra.

    And because the shell wasn’t a low-mileage minter to begin with, Jim has been able to chop the bodywork about without incurring the wrath of fellow RS owners – and the result is 9-inch wide Compomotive CXNs sitting perfectly in the arches to give one of the best three-door stances we’ve ever seen!


    SPEC: Harvey Gibbs built engine, 380bhp, 200 block, forged internals, GT28 turbocharger, custom stainless steel exhaust system, Level 8 ECU, Gaz (front) and Spax (rear) coilovers, 909 rear axle, bespoke sixdegree rear beam, adjustable traction control arms, tubular anti-roll bar, AP Racing fourpiston front calipers with 330mm discs, Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 rear calipers with 300mm discs, Compomotive CXN split rims, cut wheel arches to accommodate nine-inch wide wheels, new non-sunroof roof skin, RS500 lower rear spoiler and splitter, RS500 front bumper.


    NAME: FRANK WILDE (White D454 EEF)
    FROM: Staffordshire
    OWNED: 13 years

    Representing the ‘as close to a standard RS as I could find’ brigade, Frank Wilde is in possession of a remarkably tidy Sierra Cosworth. “My Blue Oval has covered just 43,000 miles from new,” he beams as he shows off the odometer. “I’m the car’s fourth owner, and despite being its only keeper during the past thirteen years, I have no intention of parting with it any time soon,” he confirms. Frank was determined to bag himself a standard RS, and he spent three years hopping in and out of those that he saw advertised for sale before settling on the white wonder that he calls his own today. Even so, he doesn’t mind admitting that he drove his pride and joy to Motorsport Developments in Blackpool for some mild tweaking shortly after getting hold of the car’s keys. “MSD’s Stage 1 tuning package should have been applied to Cossies at their original point of sale!” he laughs.

    A chipped ECU, reset boost levels and a thorough going over by MSD’s team of tuning professionals has tweaked the car just enough to get the best of out of Ford’s factory power package. Frank is thrilled with the way that his RS performs, and he stresses that he will not be adding any further tuning parts to this stunning Sierra. After all, when you’re convinced that you’re in charge of fourwheeled perfection, why start messing with it?! SPEC Original unmodified engine, 270bhp, Stage 1 MSD chip and map, stainless steel exhaust system, factory paintwork.

    NAME: STEVE NEWBERY

    (Moonstone D749 COS)
    FROM: Essex
    OWNED: 5 years

    QUICK SPEC: Former ‘Gold Cup’ concours-winning show car, 389bhp, new 200 block, hybrid T34 turbocharger, grey injectors, ported and polished cylinder head, RS500 intercooler, alloy radiator, polished engine bay dressup parts, Scorpion exhaust system, six-paddle clutch, AP Racing six-piston front brakes with 355mm discs, 300mm Sapphire RS Cosworth rear brakes, Koni adjustable dampers, front strut brace, Compomotive MO6 wheels, RS500 splitter, custom twintone leather retrim.


    NAME: DAN WILLIAMSON (White D31 XCD)
    FROM: Lincolnshire
    OWNED: 6 months
    QUICK SPEC: Fast Ford magazine project car, Stage 3, over 330bhp, T34 turbocharger, RS500 intercooler, Norris Motorsport map, green injectors, oil catch tank, Samco silicone hoses, alloy reservoirs, Mongoose exhaust system, Gaz dampers, front strut brace, Compomotive MO5 wheels, RS500 splitter.

    NAME: TREVOR STOKES (Moonstone ADZ 1687)
    FROM: Nottinghamshire
    OWNED: 3 weeks!
    QUICK SPEC: Fully rebuilt engine, Stage 1, 300bhp, stainless steel exhaust system, Koni adjustable dampers, factory brakes, factory wheels.
    NAME: IAN RODGERS (Moonstone D700 CAC)
    FROM: Derbyshire
    OWNED: 3 years
    QUICK SPEC: Fully rebuilt engine, Stage 1, 270bhp, refurbished cylinder head, all new gaskets, standard turbocharger, stainless steel exhaust system, renewed factory-spec suspension, factory brakes, factory wheels, re-lacquered paintwork.

    NAME: RIK EDWARDS (White D550 LFC)
    FROM: Lincolnshire
    OWNED: 2 years
    QUICK SPEC: Fully rebuilt (twice!) engine, Stage 1, 270bhp, standard turbocharger, Magnex stainless steel exhaust system, factory suspension and brakes, factory interior, factory wheels.

    NAME: COLIN NEWBERY (White D797 PGO)

    FROM: Essex
    OWNED: 11 years
    QUICK SPEC: Bare shell resto-mod project, 309bhp, rebuilt engine and gearbox, T3 turbocharger, polished engine bay dress-up parts, Roose Motorsport silicone hoses, stainless steel exhaust system, Hi-Spec Motorsport four-piston front brakes with 335mm discs, Spax dampers and springs, front strut brace, polybushed throughout, Compomotive MO5 wheels, RS500 splitter.

    NAME: PHIL RAY (Moonstone D2 0YB)
    FROM: Birmingham
    OWNED: 2 years
    QUICK SPEC: Former demonstration vehicle for a tuning firm, 330bhp, T34 turbocharger, MSD map, green injectors, drilled airbox with K&N panel fi lter, Roose Motorsport silicone hoses, stainless steel exhaust system, Koni adjustable dampers, polybushed throughout, factory braking system with OE-spec discs and pads, Lenso BSX wheels, RS500 splitter, Alpine head unit.

    NAME: KRIS BEECH (Moonstone D300 WGW)
    FROM: Derbyshire
    OWNED: 12 years
    QUICK SPEC: Track toy, 440bhp, Norris Motorsport-built engine, low compression pistons, T4 turbocharger, ported big-valve cylinder head, cone air filter, Pro Alloy radiator, Mongoose exhaust system, Leda coilovers, adjustable traction control arms, front strut brace, polybushed throughout, 325mm (front) and 300mm (rear) brake disc conversion, Compomotive five-spokes, RS500 splitter, roll cage, Sparco bucket seats.

    NAME: RICHARD BARNES SNR (Moonstone D33 XFL)
    FROM: Lincolnshire
    OWNED: 15 years
    QUICK SPEC: Harvey Gibbs engine, Stage 3, 330bhp, Group A head gasket kit, ported and polished cylinder head, hybrid T3 turbocharger, 3-bar MAP sensor, RS500 alloy intercooler and radiator, alloy reservoirs, SFS Performance silicone hoses, stainless steel exhaust system, Bilstein dampers, front strut brace, factory calipers, drilled brake discs with uprated pads, Compomotive CXN wheels, custom pillar pod.

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    We have to say a big thanks to the 12 owners who gave up their day to stand around for hours on a damp drag strip while we took all the photos we needed to complete the feature. In particular thanks to John Stewart, Jim Blease, and Frank Wilde for hanging around until the end of the day so we could get all the images we needed. We also have to say a huge thanks to the RSOC’s Paul Linfoot for all his help with getting the 12 cars together and arranging the feature.

    And finally, thanks to Santa Pod for letting us use the drag strip as a perfect location for the photoshoot. For more info on Santa Pod events and attractions visit www.santapod.co.uk
    • FORD SIERRA RS COSWORTH RS-badged Fords are seemingly a licence to print money at the moment, with the most interesting models rising at a pace thatFORD SIERRA RS COSWORTH RS-badged Fords are seemingly a licence to print money at the moment, with the most interesting models rising at a pace that would keep top-end Ferraris honest at the moment. Predictably, there’s more growth for the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth three-door models – although standard cars will be easier to sell than modified up ones. The Ford Capri 3.0-litre models are steady appreciators at the moment, with more growth ahead, and the Honda NSX – hardtop with a manual gearbox, please, is a top tip for substantial future growth.  More ...
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  •   Malcolm McKay reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    THE FORD SIERRA XR4X4 GETS DRIVEN

    In terms of shouty Fords, the Sierra XR4x4 was a bit of an odd duck. It didn’t really know what it was, some people still don’t understand them. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact the XR4x4 has now achieved classic status. Chris Pollitt /// Bruce Holder

    When the #Ford Sierra hit the roads back in the early ‘80s, it was something of a sensation. The motoring public weren’t actually ready for it, something that makes sense when you consider the incredibly formulaic Cortina was the Sierra’s predecessor. The ‘jelly mould’ as it was affectionately nicknamed due to the liberal use of curves within its design, soon won motorists round. It had the familiar rear-wheel drive of the Cortina, it drove incredibly well thanks to the transition to independent rear suspension, it was spacious, and it was also frugal. It was all things to all men, basically. However, Ford wasn’t satisfied with making a good car – it wanted the Sierra to be a great car. It also wanted the Sierra to further trounce its rivals by being a performance car, too. The question was, could a car that had been built and originally marketed to be the dictionary definition of a car, nothing more, nothing less, a car that had taken that role on with aplomb and huge success, be a performance car too? Would that be stretching things a bit thin? There was only one way to find out.

    BEGINNINGS

    The groundwork for a sporty Sierra had already been set out two years prior in #1983 with the Sierra XR4i. It was drastic in its differences to the normal Sierra thanks to its big, twin rear wing, sporty bumpers and, of course, the fact it had lost two doors. Despite its obvious origins, it still stood out on its own. Add the 2.8, fuel-injected Cologne V6 engine from the Capri, and you’re onto a winner.

    Okay, so it wasn’t the fastest car to ever hit the road, but at least it showed what the Sierra could be. It was also a good precursor to the mighty Cosworth variant, which, like the XR4x4, was also due in 1985. Unlike the XR4x4 though, the Cosworth was a homologation special, designed and built so Ford could windmill into the world of Group A Touring Cars. This was reflected in its £15,950 price tag, which would have bought you a house in #1985 .

    The XR4x4 was to be a bit more ‘everyman’. It was also a chance for Ford to show the motoring world that it too had a grasp of four-wheel drive technology, something Audi and Peugeot were flaunting with a great deal of success in the world of rallying. However, unlike contemporary cars that offer four-wheel drive as feature and benefit, the XR4x4 chose to shout about it care of specialised badging and trim options. The ‘80s were a time that saw marketing men easily pleased, so to them, it seemed like a good idea. The system employed to deliver power to all four wheels consisted of two viscous coupling limited-slip differentials, with the front driveshaft actually going through the sump. The power from the V6 engine was split 36/64 front/rear and in theory it made the Sierra XR4x4 a capable and agile machine with bucket loads of grip. Though, as we said, that was only in theory.

    LEGACY

    Despite being the best part of £10,000 cheaper than the Cosworth, the XR4x4 wasn’t a massive seller when compared to the rest of the Sierra range. In fact, around 23,000 XR4x4s were sold, out of approximately 945,000 Sierras in total. The main basis for this was the pull, exclusivity and positive reviews for the RS Cosworth, which whilst more costly, was also more focused on the performance car buyer. The XR4x4 was marketed as a sporty car, but in reality it couldn’t compete with its turbocharged sibling.


    Then there’s the fact the Sierra in five-door guise was seen more as a fleet or company vehicle, something reflected in the range of engines, which included a 1.8 CHV that was designed and built with the fleet operator firmly in mind. A 4x4 version with a thirsty V6 was a bit of an anomaly in the line up. The XR4x4 was originally going to have a 2.0 engine, which may have swayed some buyers, but upon its release, the V6 was there to stay.

    The biggest issue, however, was the fact it simply wasn’t very good. That may sound harsh, so hear us out. As a standalone car, it was capable, grippy, relatively quick and by no means was it hard on the eye. Compare it to the likes of the more refined 4x4 offerings from the likes of Audi though, and it looked dated and basic. The XR4x4 was a bold move for Ford, but ultimately, one that didn’t pan out as it had hoped.

    Over the years, the cars fall by the wayside in favour of the Cosworths and even the XR4i. Thankfully though, as seems to be the case these days for XR-badged vehicles, the love is returning and clean examples are fetching strong money.

    There are plenty of projects available out there too, but be warned, the Sierra rusts for fun, so don’t expect it to be a cheap restoration!

    PF DRIVES

    We must say, we were a little bit excited about this. The red XR4x4 at Ford’s Heritage centre is immaculate, it’s real time warp stuff from the condition of the paint through to the smell on the interior – take a deep breath and you can suddenly hear Prefab Sprout, wonderful. Anyway, as we turned the key there were no hot dogs nor jumping frogs (if you don’t get that reference, ask your dad), just the welcome thrum of that V6 engine. Before setting off, it’s worth noting that there’s something very comforting about a Sierra, the way the dash wraps around you, pointing everything at the driver. It makes it feel like a safe place to be, which was a handy sensation to have when we gave it a boot-full.


    The V6 only has around 150bhp, so the XR4x4 was never going to set the world on fire. However, care of the 4x4 system, it actually puts the power down with certain surefootedness. You can feel it’s working hard, that it’s the culmination of metal bit engaging other metal bits, not the symphony of electronic aids and associated wizardry that we’re used to today. That’s not a bad thing though, as there’s a degree of fait accompli brought on by knowing it’s a physical, mechanical process.

    It’s a bit clunky, mind. The gear change is smooth, but firm. The power delivery is sometimes clumsy and can overwhelm the 4x4 system if you really lean on it and the power itself really isn’t a great deal. An XR4i is a lot more fun to drive, primarily because there isn’t a 4x4 system to sap the power that’s there. Hell, a late model 2.0 Ghia or something similar would probably be more fun. Still, that’s a moot point these days. The XR4x4 should be applauded for what it was – a valid, if ultimately flawed, attempt by Ford to enter a new market and to offer a new level of drive and function. It’s not a bad car by any stretch, it’s just not as good as it probably could have been.


    TECH SPEC ORIGINAL CAR #Ford-Sierra-XR-4X4 / #Ford-Sierra

    ENGINE: V6, 60deg V, 2,792cc, central gear driven camshaft, pushrods, 2 valves per cylinder, iron cylinder heads and block, #Bosch-K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection, 148.2bhp @ 5,700rpm.

    TRANSMISSION: Four wheel-drive by #Borg-Warner #Borg-Warner-Morse-Hi-Vo chain and viscous coupling, front drive shaft through engine sump, sdp clutch, 5-speed synchromesh, 37% drive to front, 63% to rear, 3.36:1 final drive.

    SUSPENSION: IFS by MacPherson struts, IRS by semi-trailing arms and coil springs, front and rear anti-roll bars, telescopic dampers.

    BRAKES: Hydraulic servo brakes, front 260mm vented discs, 252mm rear drums, dual circuit.

    WHEELS & TYRES: 14x5.5 alloys with 195/60 R14 tyres. Interior: Uprated trim and sports seats, electric front windows, heated rear window, tinted windows.

    EXTERIOR: XR badging, rear spoiler, front fog lights.
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  •   Malcolm McKay reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    FORD SIERRA XR 4x4 / #Ford-Sierra-XR-4X4 / #Ford-Sierra-XR / #Ford-Sierra / #Ford /

    Year of manufacture #1988
    Recorded mileage 64,980
    Asking price £4950
    Vendor Spurr Classic Cars, Loxley, Sheffield; tel: 0114 231 5000;


    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £11,500
    Max power 150bhp
    Max torque 172lb ft
    0-60mph 8.5 secs
    Top speed 129mph
    Mpg 26


    Lurking behind the inflation of original Cosworths, there’s a cheaper option for winter. This all-wheel-drive Sierra, one of the last 2.8s before the 2.9 arrived in January ’89, is better than it first looks. There’s a small crack in the front bumper under the nearside lamp, a little curly trim below it and the same on the driver’s door, plus a couple of bubbles just behind it, and a rough patch at the back of the nearside rain gutter. That’s about it. The paint looks to be mostly original, except the tailgate, which is a formerly white replacement showing a couple of scrapes and dings plus dust marks in the finish. The sills and joints are perfect, the floorpans are all solid and the interior is lasting well. There are no cracks in the dash nor any discernible wear to the seat fabric, just one tiny mark at the top of the velour driver’s door trim. The carpets could do with a clean and the rear parcel shelf is sagging a bit, but that would be easy to reinforce.

    The wheels are unscuffed, shod in decent Nankangs, though they date from 2004, with an old Camac on the spare. The exhaust is good and there are no leaks beneath engine or driveline. The nearside CVJ gaiter is damp but not split – it passed an MoT test in November with no advisories – and the same goes for one of the steering rack gaiters, but that probably comes from a slight engine oil leak; the top of the motor is dry. Its coolant is murky and to the minimum mark; the oil translucent and near ‘Max’. The engine starts easily with a jump – it had been standing – with no blows from the exhausts and no undue mechanical noises, and soon settles off its fast idle. It handles tautly, with no balljoint knocks on Spurr’s bumpy driveway. It pulls well, with that typical V6 thrum, plus it has a decent gearchange and brakes. All four electric windows work, but the winding sunroof seems to be jammed shut. The only paperwork is a V5C showing nine previous owners and it comes with a Haynes manual.

    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Straight, apart from a couple of cracks and curls in the plastics
    INTERIOR Original, with only a few flaws
    MECHANICALS Slop-free and all of a piece
    VALUE ★★★★★★★★✩✩

    For + Cheap performance Ford
    Against - Minor cosmetics; engine could do with a clean-up

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    It’s a cheapie but an intriguing one, and ideal for winter after a change of tyres. Small outer blemishes should be easy to improve.
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  •   Malcolm McKay reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Immaculate, minimal-mile #Ford-Sierra-XR4 is will be heading to £20k soon’ / #Ford-Sierra / #Ford / #1983 / #Ford-Sierra-XR4i


    With Eighties hot Ford values still exploding we should look at the unregarded 1983 to 1985 Sierra XR4i. The DVLA only has 164 registered compared to 928 RS Cosworth Sierras, making the XR4i a very rare fast Ford. And they’re anything but dull.

    The Granada 2.8 V6 pulls strongly with 0-60 in 8.0 seconds and at the 1983 press launch one road-tester saw 137mph. With TV ads shot in California and a Chariots of Fire soundtrack this was a big deal for Ford.

    New list was £9170 but £1000 discounts were the norm because buyer resistance to the controversial Sierra silhouette, a threedoor- only spec, biplane rear wing and fiddly three-quarter rear window treatment meant that in its first critical year only 4508 XR4is were sold in the UK. But there are signs of growing interest, with Streben Ltd of Stokeon- Trent offering a one-owner 60k black ’84 for £10,000 while a private seller in Sussex has a Caspian Blue Y-plater with a plausible 29,000 miles for £6995.

    With such low survival numbers, snapping up one of the few remaining mint XR4is now would be a shrewd move before enthusiasts and dealers hoover them all up. The later and less dramatic XR4x4 doesn’t have the same purity and innocence of the early cars and if you come across any ’83 XR4is with registration prefixes JVX, GJN or JNO they’re likely Ford press office launch cars and highly desirable.

    The Cologne V6 is strong and long-lived, PAS is essential and options like aircon, heated seats and trip computer add value. Factory-spec original cars are the most wanted and I won’t be surprised to see immaculate and original minimal milers heading towards £20k soon. But the perennial problem with all these massproduced Eighties icons is that we neglected and discarded them in huge numbers. I once sold a perfect 22k-mile Glacier White XR4i on an A-plate for just £3250 – and that was over book money. How times have changed.
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    Jon Cass updated the cover photo of the group
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