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The actual Corgi Car, a Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4X4 with just 37,516 miles.
Bodyside mouldings, impact resistant polyurethane front bumper, polycarbonate rear bumper, integral front air dam, colour coded door mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, bonnet cooling vents, colour coded rear spoiler, halogen headlamps, tinted glass all round, laminated ‘Quickclear’ windscreen and washer jets, central locking with torch key, leather gear knob and sports steering wheel, electronic stereo sound system (Model 2007), tilt and slide electric sunroof, graphic information module, electric front and rear windows. Factory fitted options include; CD player (Model 2040), Keycode anti-theft coding, air conditioning.
Having covered just 37,516 miles from new, this original and unmolested Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth was produced in the penultimate month of production and is finished in very rare Smokestone Metallic, (Code M1). The exceptional paintwork boasts a deep gloss shine and uniform factory finish with only tiny touched in markings visible, barely noticeable. All glass is Keycode security etched and the original panels show even gaps all round and both front wings are date stamped. Exterior trim and original Carello headlamps remain in excellent order, as have the manufacturer badges. Tiny marks to the offside rear bumper corner are only very faint. The underside will delight and amaze originality seekers with factory PDI dabs and Motorcraft stickers still intact on suspension components. A stunning preserved example remaining just as Ford intended, superb.
A real time warp interior, commensurate with the very low mileage, this late Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 is preserved to the highest level. Trimmed in the original Ford Space and Raven Angora Velour, (Code SH), the seats and matching door cards are pristine, undamaged and absolutely firm and the immaculate carpets are protected by genuine fitted Ford floor mats. The dashboard is completely free from any cracks and all incorporated switches and functions are intact and operate as they should. An alarm LED has been fitted. A super rare option is the factory fitted air conditioning with accompanying sticker on the engine bay slam panel. The standard electronic sound system (Model 2007) with optional CD player (Model 2040) remains fitted. A fantastic RS interior, the ultimate combination of sporting prowess and luxury car appointment.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the standard 1993cc Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) with the Garrett AiResearch T.03B turbocharger and intercooler, the racing pedigree of this car is truly evident. With an impressive output of 220HP, the car accelerates smoothly through 0-60 in 6.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 150mph. A spotless engine bay displays factory stickers, plates, wing seam sealer, yellow service labels, inner wing stamps and PDI dabs, a full complement to pacify sticklers for originality! The distinctive green cam cover and denotes the YBG engine introduced in February 1992 and fitted with a catalytic converter and being lambda sensor controlled. Built to meet emission demands dictated by the U.S market, Cosworth reputedly painted the covers green as a tongue in cheek suggestion that these race engines were environmentally friendly! The 5-speed MT75 transmission is reassuringly positive with a light clutch action.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted 15 X 7-inch RS Sierra Cosworth multi-spoke ‘Shark Tooth’ alloy wheels are immaculate with no scuffs or kerbing damage whatsoever and are shod in matching branded 205/50R15 tyres all round with masses of tread remaining having been renewed in 2015. Diagonally split hydraulic, anti-lock braking assisted 278mm ventilated discs up front and 273mm discs at the rear bring the car to a halt quickly and safety.
Built in October 1992 at the Genk Assembly Plant, this very late model 4x4 was produced in the penultimate month of final production and first registration was on the 5th November 1992 by Ford RS Agent Hallgate Garage of York. The history file for this very special example is superb and boasts the added kudos of being the actual car Corgi used for its Vanguard range 1:43 scale replica, a model of which comes with the car! Click here for the link to the Corgi Website and details of the model and cars history. The colossal history contains masses of Ford main dealer and invoices for maintenance and service work carried out, leaving in no doubt whatsoever the enthusiast ownership and fastidious upkeep this car has enjoyed. Furthermore, the original service book displays 9 stamped entries up to 35,254 miles and there are three documented cambelt changes, the most recent in 2015 at 35,423 miles. The grey leather Ford wallet holds all handbooks, guides and dealership literature and there are two sets of keys plus the master blade. A brand-new battery has just been fitted and the super rare white original Motorcraft battery has been kept.
The car was owned for 17 years by Chris Ellison, former RS Owners Club Chairman and current Ford AVO Club Chairman. Purchased by Chris in 1998, the car is well known to the RS Owners Club and very highly regarded and one of the best 4x4’s in existence. This vehicle will appeal to the avid Ford enthusiast wanting to truly appreciate and preserve the car in the manner intended by Ford.
MOT November 2019, HPI Clear.
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