The Sierra RS Cosworth is one of the landmark fast Fords of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The 4×4 version seen here was the Sierra’s last hurrah before it was replaced by the Escort RS Cosworth, based on the same platform.

Despite a brief production cycle of only two years, more than 12,000 Sierra Cosworth 4x4s were built, with enthusiasts drawn in by a luxurious leather interior and more powerful 220hp 1.9-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The four-wheel-drive system, implemented to achieve success in the World Rally Championship, delivered impressive traction, while a 34:66 percent rearward bias provided playful handling and plenty of driving fun.

Kicking RS since 1992

This 1992 car is one of the last built before the Escort RS Cosworth made its debut. Previously restored, it is in stunning, concours-standard condition. The factory-fit 15-inch alloys were refurbished in 2017 and look excellent, contrasting with Smokestone blue paint in equally flawless condition.

Inside, the leather-trimmed Recaro seats display very little wear, nor do the dashboard, door cards, electric windows, sunroof and Kenwood stereo (the original unit is also available). The ‘green top’ engine, indicating a catalysed exhaust system, is also in fine fettle. It has been used sparingly in recent years, with only 5,000 miles covered since 2008.

The RS Cosworth comes with two keys, invoices for various parts and maintenance, plus MOTs that back up its 77,028 miles from new. The most recent MOT runs until 27 November 2024 and comes with no advisories.

Working class hero

The Sierra RS Cosworth 4×4 may have never won the World Rally Championship as planned, but this iconic super saloon did win the hearts of thousands of enthusiasts in Britain and around the world.

Fast Fords are increasingly hot property, and previous Sierra RS Cosworths have been auctioned on Car & Classic for between £24,000 and £55,000.

Car & Classic’s auction for this 1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4×4, in association with Retro Motor, is live now and runs until 15 December 2023. Its excellent and original condition should see it sell for between £35,000 and £40,000.


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