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    Tuned 500bhp+ Ford Sierra Rouse Sport 304-R

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, 14 February 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, 29 July 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, 10 August 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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    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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