Last Group A BTCC-title winning Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 for sale

The record-breaking 1990 BTCC winner could fetch up to £220,000 when it is auctioned later this month

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The Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 that won the British Touring Car Championship in 1990, the final season of the Group A era, is up for sale with Silverstone Auctions.

A split grid was introduced into the BTCC for 1990 and meant the outgoing Group A cars competed alongside the new 2-litre Touring Car Formula.

Robb Gravett won both the Group A class and the overall drivers’ title that season, setting a new series record. He scored nine wins, eight pole positions and eight fastest laps across over the 12-round season.

His car, chassis MTRS01, was entered by Mike Smith’s team Trackstar. The team formed the previous season and was managed by ex-Prodrive team boss Malcolm Swetnam and Gravett.

The Cosworth was fitted with a new shell and used the running gear from the previous year Dick Johnson car. It featured Eggenberger suspension, a Getrag 5-speed dog gearbox and a top-spec Mountune RS500 engine.

Across Europe the RS500 was the most successful touring car of its time and, come its demise, was running 500bhp.

After 20 years in storage, Gravett’s car will be sold by Silverstone Auctions at its Race Retro Competition sale on February 23.

The car has been returned to its 1990 livery and is eligible to race in the Historic Sports Car Clubs’ Super Touring Trophy and in the Grand Prix Legends Touring Car Challenge.
It carries an estimate of between £175,000 and £220,000.

Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, said: ‘This record-breaking Cosworth RS500 dominated the Group A 1990 BTCC season with lead driver Robb Gravett behind the wheel.

‘For the long distance two-driver races Robb was supported by Stig Blomqvist at Donington and the late and great Mike Smith at Brands Hatch

‘It was perfect harmony between man and machine, and perhaps no surprise that the championship-winning Cosworth also smashed numerous records along the way.

‘The roll of honour for this Cosworth is truly impressive and it has cemented its place in BTCC history. Adding to the provenance of this car is that in 1991 the new 2-litre cars took over, making 1990 a glorious swansong for this championship winning RS500.’

The RS500 joins a star-studded lineup for the Silverstone Sale. Confirmed lots include an ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC and a Subaru Legacy rallied by World Rally champions Richard Burns and Ari Vatanen.

Also featuring in the sale is David Leslie’s Nissan Primera Super Tourer and Anthony Reid’s Ford Mondeo BTCC challenger.

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