Classifieds Hero: Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
It’s not often that you find a solid Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth for sale, but there is one within the AutoClassics classifieds
Always quick to back the motorsport and performance markets, Ford brought oversized wings and raw road-going adrenaline to the masses with the XR4i for 1983, followed by the XR4x4 in 1985, before the heart-stopping Sierra RS Cosworth of 1986 arrived. It was out of this, in order to gain homologation for Group A touring car racing, that the maniacal, fire-breathing RS500 Cosworth was conceived.
Besides pumping out more power, the RS500 offered all the aggressive stance of a rabid badger. Under the bonnet lurked an engine with a larger Garrett turbocharger and intercooler, alongside an uprated fuel pump and upgraded oil and cooling systems. This made for an output figure of 222bhp, ushering enough power to stage a coup d’ètat – bringing home 15 national series, including the 1990 British Touring Car Championship.
Originally, all road going models were to be finished in black, yet a handful of the 500 manufactured donned white paintwork, with another 52 dressed in Moonstone Blue. If you can source an original one in these colours, you’ll have Ford enthusiasts falling over themselves to buy it off you – often for prices that could secure you a house.
From the classifieds
First registered to Ford’s competition department in 1987 and now presented in Texaco Eggenberger livery, paying homage to Sierra racers Klaus Ludwig and Klaus Niedwiedz, this particular Sierra has been owned by the same custodian since 2007. Offered with a collection of MoT certificates stretching back decades, alongside diverse and extensive paperwork, there is even the original service book and sales brochure included.
Build number 007 of only 500 right-hand drive RS500 homologation specials crafted for Ford by Aston Martin Tickford, the seller understands that this was a press car for the cause. Once owned by one of the managers responsible for the running of Formula one, the Sierra has been kept out of the wet and is presented in A1 condition.
Having covered only 23,100 miles from new, the RS500 is offered with 12 months MoT and is ready to hit the road. A seriously rare opportunity.
Who were Ludwig and Niedwiedz?
The duo responsible for clinching the entrant’s division of the World Touring Car Championships for Ford, they could well have taken the Driver’s section too, had the RS500 not been disqualified from the James Hardie 1000 round in Australia for ‘wheelarch panel irregularities’.
Like the look of this Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500?
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 3dr – 1986. Stunning Diamond White with only 67,500 miles from new. Superb original interior. Much rebuilding work has been done and the underside is in superb order. Engine rebuilt around 9,000 miles ago. Masses of old MOTs going back many years to prove the slow progression of the mileage. Lovely condition Recaro seats. Original spare keys. Thick history file with lots