Renaissance Classics are extremely pleased to offer this fastidiously maintained example of a 1988 Ford Sierra Cosworth Sapphire. With only two loving owners this car is in immaculate condition outside, inside and underneath! As prices of well-maintained fast Fords are increasing rapidly this is certainly worth consideration by any long term investor or collector. Finance options available including a 10year Classic Car Hire-Purchase option, finance example can be seen in photographs, please ask for more details.
For those that are unaware, the “RS” badge is well renowned in the world of Fast Ford enthusiasts. Originating from Ford’s Motorsport division in the 1960’s; the RS actually stood for “Rallye Sport” and meant that any Ford model special enough to bear its namesake had been designed specifically for rally racing. Due to Ford’s repeated successes in rallying during this era the RS badge very quickly became synonymous with Motorsport and Performance, with demand and residual values steadily on the rise for any RS model, it is clear to see that this legacy still lives on with Ford enthusiast’s and collectors.
The Sierra RS Cosworth in particular was developed as a partnership between Ford and race engine designers Cosworth, the project’s purpose was to create a homologated vehicle to win European Group A racing championships. The engine was to be a 16v twin cam based upon Ford’s existing T88 block (Commonly known as the Pinto engine.), the aim was to develop a turbo-charged unit that would be capable of 300bhp in race trim. Cosworth accepted the task but only on the basis that Ford agreed to purchase 15,000 units of these engines – and from there the road legal and race engined legend, the Sierra Cosworth, was born!
The vehicle presented here is the 2nd generation of the Sierra RS. Ford decided at the time that these models should only be based on the 4 door saloon Sierra Sapphire as they would have bigger appeal in the UK markets, this added to the discreet and unassuming nature of the RS Cosworth, with lots of subtle but effective styling and performance modifications that may go un-noticed to the untrained eye. The slightly longer chassis design also generated a lower drag coefficient and improved speed statistics over its predecessor. As this particular car is an earlier production variant of the Sapphire; the car also features the Borg Warner T5 transmission and it doesn’t require a catalytic converter. With Race Pedigree and Sleeper appearance these cars are still highly desirable among enthusiasts and are starting to demand big prices to match.
Due to the racing background of these cars, it is incredibly hard to find unmodified and unmolested examples. Finished in a timeless White non-metallic paint with Grey cloth interior; this example has its original equipment, with only minor improvements to exhaust and suspension to be found. The originality and incredible condition of this example make it a prime choice to any Fast Ford collector or those looking at alternative investments. A summary of this vehicle’s specification can be seen below:
- 2.0 turbocharged inline 4 (204bhp & 214lbft)
- 5speed manual gearbox
- Limited slip differential
- 15” “lattice” alloy wheels
- White non-metallic paint
- Grey interior
- Recaro front seats
- Heated windscreen
- Electric sunroof
- Electric windows
- Headlight wipers
- Original tape/cassette player
Just like the majority of cars here at Renaissance Classic Sports Cars this vehicle comes with an excellent provenance and history portfolio. The car will be supplied with the original Driver’s Manual, maintenance book and Ford wallet, along with any of the previous owner’s invoices, receipts and previous MOT certificates. We will also carry out our own in depth checks and preparation work with the vehicle to bring it up to an exceptional standard we are proud of, this vehicle will receive; a service, an MOT and a Pre-delivery inspection from the Renaissance Classic’s Workshop Team that can be added to the provenance file prior to collection.
Viewing is highly recommended and ANY inspection is welcome. At Renaissance Classic Sports Cars we pride ourselves by preparing and testing all cars to the highest standards and would not offer our clients any vehicles that we wouldn’t be happy to personally own or drive ourselves. All our vehicles go through our meticulous 131 point pre-sales checks and come with a 6month warranty as standard with the option of upgrading to 12 or 24 months.
Delivery can be arranged to anywhere within the UK and most worldwide counties through our approved and trusted transport agents, please call us for a quotation. If you have a specific requirement or particular make or model of vehicle you are looking for, please let us know and we would be delighted to source the exact car for you. ** Don’t forget we offer a part exchange scheme against any manufacturer’s vehicles and I would be happy to give you a price on your vehicle.