A very early production Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth with just 24,608 miles.
Bodyside mouldings with black insert, polycarbonate bumpers, integral front air dam, tinted glass, homofocal headlights, fascia light dimmer, graphic information module, integral rear headrests, Electronic Sound System ECU2 with power amplifier. Dealer options; Security glass etching, Shurlock ED10 immobiliser system, Ford tailored carpet mats.
Launched to the UK market in January 1988, this Sapphire Cosworth was built in the first month of production, January 1988. Finished in original Ford Diamond White, (Code B3), the paint is preserved and boasts a bright shine and polished uniform finish. All factory panels are pin straight with linear gaps and even close scrutiny will struggle to discover anything other than miniscule markings. All exterior trim including the commonly misshapen front splitter is perfect and features such as Anthracite fog lamps surrounds denote an early 2WD example. Supplying dealer number plates, rear screen sticker and tax disc holder have been retained. Without question one of the best unrestored examples in existence.
The factory standard interior of this truly special example is trimmed in the original Halley and Angora grey velour, (Code L). This trim arrangement being another denotation of the early 2WD production Sapphire Cosworths prior to the introduction of Shadow Halley/Raven velour and optional Raven Leather in February 1989. The supportive Recaro front seats are flawless with firm bolsters and tight coverings, commensurate with the very low mileage. A tiny amount of shrinkage to the driver’s door card can only just be seen. All functions and controls operate including the standard Sound ECU2 stereo system with power amplifier. A fantastic RS interior, the ultimate combination of sporting prowess and spacious executive luxury.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the standard 1993cc Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) engine with the Garrett AiResearch T.03B turbocharger and intercooler, the racing pedigree of this car is truly evident with performance figures quoted of 204bhp, 150mph top speed and 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds. The engine bay will fascinate originality seekers with factory panel stampings on the inner wings, front slam panel and bonnet underside. The tough T5 manual transmission with 7.5 limited slip differential is direct and precise, just as you would expect from the low mileage covered.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted and unrestored 15 X 7 RS Sierra Cosworth ‘Lattice Style’ alloy wheels are remarkable with only minimal markings and one scratch to the offside front rim edge. The part numbers and raised stampings are prominent and show clear definition, a feature lost upon the usual refurbished items. Quality Dunlop SP Sport 205/50 R15 tyres with excellent tread are fitted all round, and the spare wheel is shod in the original unused Dunlop SP Sport D40 fitment. Diagonally split hydraulic brakes featuring anti-lock assistance and Teves four piston front callipers offer excellent stopping power to match the performance.
Built at Ford’s Genk assembly plant in January 1988, the first month of Sapphire Cosworth production, this example was registered new on the 12th February 1988 by Ford Main Dealer and RS official agent, Charles King of Bedford. The first owner was a Mr Ronald Shepherd, proprietor of specialist’s RS Engineering in Buckinghamshire. An avid Ford RS enthusiast and expert, Mr Shepherd was determined to acquire a brand new Sapphire Cosworth and attended the launch party at Charles Wells Ford on the 11th February 1988 to secure his order. The new vehicle sales invoice made out to Mr Shepherd confirms the price paid of £19,300.
The history file is fantastic and includes the original Charles King Ford A5 wallet with original service book, handbooks, guides and POS literature, and despite the incredibly low mileage, the service book contains nine stamped entries. The most recent entry in November 2017 with supporting invoice is from renowned Cosworth specialist Harvey Gibbs of Supreme Car Services whereby a service and brake overhaul was carried out. There is a documented timing belt change in 2015 at 23,844 miles. Completing the comprehensive history file is every MOT certificate completed from the first in 1991 to the current in November 2017 along with service invoices and receipts. Articles of this car covered in classic car publications, original sales brochure and two Ford keys with Charles Wells fob complete the history file. Representing an incredibly well-preserved example of what is now firmly established as collectable Ford RS product, KGF Classic Cars are privileged to offer this genuine 24,608 mile example ready for the next custodian.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Visually identical from the same era and part of the ‘Pinto’ family, a 1993cc single overhead camshaft engine performs faultlessly and is a recognised period improvement to the 1593cc unit. Amazingly clean for those enjoying bonnet-up exhibiting. A top speed of 108mph and 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds can be expected. A standard 4-speed gearbox offers light, short and responsive changes. Delightful.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This stunning example is fitted with the standard Bright Silver painted RS Mexico steel 5.5x13in sculptured sports wheels in immaculate condition. Branded 185/60 R13 tyres are fitted with ample tread. Vacuum servo assisted front disc brakes and rear drum brakes pull the car up to a safe halt.
With only around 2,500 Mk2 Ford Mexico’s made, (source Ford RS Owners Club), this car represents a rare breed! Positioned awkwardly in price and specification between a 1600 Sport and an RS2000 when new, the Mexico had a very short production run and therefore is now a highly sought after model amongst collectors. Supplied new on the 1st May 1977 this car has been owned by respected RS enthusiasts including the current Ford Escort RS2000 Registrar, Mr Alan Sherwood. His knowledge on the vehicle both in terms of the cars provenance and authenticity and some of the previous owners will help reassure any potential buyer. Photographs of the car prior to the cars full restoration and during the intensive works help explain why this example will be the pride of any collection. The vehicle is registered with the RS Owners Club.
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