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.
You’ve heard the infamous origin story of Lamborghini, but what about another Italian sports car company that was birthed out of frustration with Enzo Ferrari? Renzo Rivolta decided to do something about his dissatisfaction with Ferrari cars, and so he built his own GT machine bearing his name: the Iso Rivolta.
Giugiaro designed the car whilst employed at Bertone, and though it may seem quintessentially Italian, it has some international elements in its DNA too—namely the 5.4-liter Chevrolet Corvette V8 under its elegant hood. Though Renzo Rivolta passed suddenly in 1966, not long after the first Rivoltas were built, his story is being retold and rediscovered by the next enthusiast generation thanks to owners like Helmut Boening and his immaculate example of Italy’s muscled elegance.
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A genuine RHD Renault 8 Gordini R1134 with racing pedigree
EQUIPMENT Reinforced seam welded Gordini R8 body, GRP Group 2 wings, front number plate cooling conversion, rear LED wet weather light, front and rear tow hooks, Safety Devices roll cage, Sparco Pro2000 race seat, Sabelt harnesses, side protection bars, Elliot Design electronic tachometer, FIA battery master switch, electric cooling fan with manual override and LED ‘on’ light, plumbed in fire extinguisher system, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge X2, Motolita steering wheel.
EXTERIOR This very rare and immaculate car is well known in Classic Renault circles and is finished in the only colour available for the R8 Gordini, Bleu de France, (Code 418). Acquired by respected R8 guru, Steve Swan in 2001 this genuine Gordini was fully restored in 2002 with photos revealing the incredible attention to detail. Such is the quality of this example and the subsequent development work that it is used as a platform by which others attempt to mimic. Structural integrity and weight saving measures are displayed throughout every inch of this car without detracting from the original R8 Gordini design. Epic and immense fun.
INTERIOR Being suitable for a range of competition events from reliability trials to hillclimbs the cockpit of this successful machine is focused completely on the driver. Race proven technology in the form of seating, safety, controls and gauges all make reassuring assertions that should the pilote wish, driving at speed and on the limit will be rewarding rather than daring. The factory Renault Gordini seating has been retained and fully upholstered to original specification should a more passenger friendly environment be required. Even unique Gordini items such as the passenger grab handle have been kept. Previous MSA scrutineer pass cards are a testament to the quality of workmanship. Utterly exhilarating.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The Cleon based full race spec engine has a displacement of 1550cc and was dyno tested by Agra in Dundee producing 169bhp at 7500rpm. A brief outline of the engine specification: Tufftrided shot peened balanced crank, lightened and balanced Cat Cam, Arrows steel Followers, forged pistons, steel liners, Salv Sacco big valve head and manifold, Twin Weber 45 DCOE with Lumenition ignition, pressurised engine pre-lube system. This vehicle is fitted with Steve Swan’s own Big Box 16TX CWP Big Box conversion featuring close ratio 365 gears which have been Tufftrided. 4th gear runs on needle rollers for continuous high speed operation. An internal gearstick bracket copied from works cars can be adjusted so that on certain events when fifth gear is not needed it prevents the driver getting top gear by accident in the heat of battle. An uprated Sachs Group 2 clutch is fitted and a Quaife ATB differential and competition type solid centre universal joints.
WHEELS, TYRES, BRAKES & SUSPENSION Mad’in Modele 1C Renault Alpine Wheels 6X13 are unmarked with a mirror polished edge and are shod in Yokohama Advan AO48 185/60 R13 rear and 175/60/R13 front tyres. Powerful 254mm vented discs front and rear with AP Racing brake proportioning valve fully adjustable and aeroquipped front to rear. Fully adjustable front and rear suspension with Koni and Leda dampers. The front anti roll bar and rear Z bar is adjustable with 2.5” coil spring conversion plates with both cross members reinforced to Gordini specification.
HISTORY FILE This Renault 8 Gordini was registered new on 22nd May 1965 by Renault Main Dealers, Harrowside Motors of Blackpool. Used by the Managing Director until Mr John Woodward Clarke purchased the car from them on the 14th September 1966. The accompanying invoice reveals the details of the vehicle and the total purchase price being £700. The buff green card log book combined with every subsequent V5 issued reveals the total number of owners being just five including the Dealer. Correspondence between Mr Clarkes son and the third owner, Mr Paul Fraser Sage, reveals a fascinating history of care and devotion until relinquishing ownership in 1989. The current long term custodian since 2001, Mr Steven Swan, is highly respected in the Classic Renault Owners Club and is responsible for this amazing R1134 transformation with noteworthy success in circuit racing, sprints and hillclimbs with the added benefit of being completely road legal too! Footage of the car Knockhill Racing Circuit can be seen here: https://youtu.be/qknU71E4Yms and at Forrestburn Hillclimb here: https://youtu.be/cGt6ow10hnw An immense history file reveals the colossal spend in creating one of the most sought after R8 Gordinis and now available on the open market for a very lucky individual.
Ousted from a successful career as a chief engineer at Ferrari, Giotto Bizzarrini went off to build his own racing machines to compete on the international stage. Powered by a monstrous small block V8, this very car—Bizzarrini A3/C No. 0222—would go on to win its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965.
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For most carlovers the ultimate nightmare: The Aston Martin Lagonda. Would you pay lots of money to buy one? Let me know!
The Aston Martin Lagonda is a luxury four-door saloon which was built by Aston Martin of Newport Pagnell, England, between 1974 and 1990. A total of 645 were produced. The name was derived from the Lagonda marque that Aston Martin had purchased in 1947. There are two distinct versions, the original, short lived 1974 design based on the Aston Martin V8 and the wedge-shaped Series 2 model introduced in 1976.
In 2014, Aston Martin confirmed it would launch a new Lagonda called the Taraf for the Middle-East market, sold on an invitation only basis.
Aston Martin was facing financial pressure in the mid-1970s and needed something to bring in some much-needed funds. Traditionally, Aston Martin had worked on 2+2 sports cars, but the Lagonda was a four-door saloon. As soon as it was introduced, it drew in hundreds of deposits from potential customers, helping Aston Martin's cash reserves.
The 1976 wedge-shaped styling contrasted sharply with other cars of its day
The car was designed by William Towns in an extreme interpretation of the classic 1970s "folded paper" style. It was as unconventional a design then as it is now. Car enthusiasts are fiercely divided on the car's aesthetic value. The Lagonda combined striking styling with opulent, club-like leather interior, and then-state-of-the-art instrumentation. Coupled to a Chrysler 3-speed "TorqueFlite" automatic transmission its 4-cam carbureted V8 provided poor, often single-digit miles-per-gallon, little improved by the change to fuel-injection in the Series 3.
Throughout the history of the marque, these hand-built Lagondas were amongst the most expensive saloons in the world. The only other "production" cars to approach its lofty price tag were the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit/Silver Spur and Bentley Mulsanne.
The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel, although the computers in many of the original cars are failure-prone. The development cost for the electronics alone on the Lagonda came to four times as much as the budget for the whole car. The Series 3 used cathode ray tubes for the instrumentation, which proved even less reliable than the original model's light-emitting diode (LED) display.
It was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the 50 ugliest cars of the last 50 years and Time Magazine included it in its "50 Worst Cars of All Time", describing it as a mechanical "catastrophe" with electronics that would be very impressive if they ever worked.