A 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 with just 11,000 miles from new has sold at Silverstone Auctions this weekend for a massive £122,400.
When Ford decided to replace the Cortina with the Sierra in the 1980s, car buyers thought they’d gone mad; who would buy a car that looked like a jellymould?
So Ford decided they needed to inject a bit of sparkle in to the Sierra, and the best way to do that was to make it quick and shouty. So we got the be-winged Sierra XR4i.
Having seen an appetite for loud and quick Sierras, Ford soon rolled out the Sierra RS Cosworth to huge acclaim, and the ultimate iteration of that was the Sierra Cosworth RS500.
Ford made just 500 RS500s, and over the years they’ve become a bit of a Ford collectors’ fantasy. But this RS500 must be the best of the best.
Owned by the same, very wealthy, family for 29 years, it has done under 11,000 miles from new, and has been brought back to as new condition by Cosworth specialist John Taylor.
All the original items replaced have been retained, and apart from new discs, fluids and belts, fuel tank and battery, everything is just as it was when Tickford made it for Ford in 1987.
All of that explains Silverstone Auctions chunky pre-sale estimate of £90-100k, but in the end this very original RS500 went for £122,500.
Which is an awful lot of money for a 1987 Sierra.