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    1989 Ford Sierra 3-door Mk2 Lexus 1UZ 4-litre V8-engined

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, October 15 2019

    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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    Tuned 500bhp+ Ford Sierra Rouse Sport 304-R

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, February 14 2019

    Rare breed Tuned Rouse Sport 304R Saph Cossie. Rouse Sport Saphs are already rare, but this one is unique. Having grown up with this rare, Rouse Sport 304-R, Ryan Powell managed to track it down and has returned it to its former glory – with some added oomph! Words and photos Davy Lewis.

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    Rod Mansfield talks Mike Taylor through the difficulties involved in making the outrageous Ford Sierra Cosworth

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, July 29 2017

    “We weren’t sure if we could limit the power to only 200bhp” Rod Mansfield talks Mike Taylor through the difficulties involved in making the outrageous Sierra Cosworth a road-going reality. Photography Malcolm Griffiths/LAT. Rod Mansfield. We talk to the man who made the Ford Sierra into a bewinged icon. Meet the brains behind the Ford Sierra Cosworth.

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    Buyer’s Guide 1986-1992 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

    Posted in Cars on Wednesday, August 10 2016

    Buyer’s Guide Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. Ford’s performance icon. Buying a Sierra Cosworth. Buyer’s guide to the 1980s Ford performance legend.  Buyer’s guide Sierra Cossie. The 1980s bespoilered icon is now a highly sought-after classic, as Malcolm McKay explains. Photography Tony Baker.

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    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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