Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 Going To Auction

By Rob Harvey
By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager - Bridge Classic Cars

A very special Ford Sierra Cosworth is going up for sale at an auction hosted by Iconic Auctioneers at the NEC Classic Motor Show on 11th November.

Initially used as a Ford press and promotional vehicle, this fantastic car has had only one private owner since then, and it has covered just 12,530 miles over its lifetime. This will be the first time the car has been available for sale (and out of storage) in nearly 34 years.

1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

With a known history for every day of its existence, this special Sierra Cosworth (D64 XVX) has a guide price of £100,000 – £140,000.

On April 22, 1987, it was sent to Aston Martin Tickford Limited and underwent a transformation from a Sierra Cosworth into a fully-fledged RS500 by the time it left on June 23, 1987. This particular example is believed to be the 13th RS500 produced. Immediately after leaving Aston Martin, it was registered for road use by its first owner, the Ford Motor Company of Eagle Way in Brentford. It remained in Ford’s ownership for a year and was employed as a press and promotional vehicle, as evidenced by its feature in What Car magazine’s September 1987 issue, titled ‘Ford’s 500.’ A copy of this magazine will accompany the vehicle.

Once its duties with Ford were fulfilled, the Sierra changed hands and was acquired by its second and current owner on June 1, 1988. Originally intended to be used for promotional purposes once more, the actual fate of the car took a different turn due to work commitments. Around a year after its current owner got the car, it was placed into storage. It was lifted onto stands, its wheels removed, and protective covers were placed over it. Since then, it has remained in this state, untouched, until now.

A Lost Car, Found

In the extremely knowledgeable RS500 community, the car was believed to have vanished many years ago. Numerous attempts were made over the years to locate it, all without success. However, as interest in these rare 1980s homologation specials surged, the owner decided to find a new caretaker for this Sierra, which has seen the light of day for the first time in decades.

After reinstalling its wheels and removing the covers, the Sierra emerged from its long-term garage confinement, and almost immediately had a photo shoot ready for the auction. As you can see from the photos, its external and internal condition is nothing short of exceptional, showing no obvious signs of deterioration. It stands as a remarkable and exemplary example, boasting an incredibly low and verified mileage of just 12,530 from new.

After careful consideration, the decision has been made, by its current owner, to offer ‘D64 XVX’ exactly as it emerged from storage after more than three decades, without any attempts to start, run, or alter the vehicle in any way.

It’s worth noting that if the new owner wants to get the car back out on the road, it will need to undergo a full recommissioning.

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