It has had several owners, but it remains a low-mileage car with only a little over 6,000 miles on the clock.
Ponder this question for a moment. If you bought a historically significant, agile, and low-mileage sports car, how far would you drive it? 60,000 miles, 6,000 miles, 600 miles?
Well, if you're the owner of this vintage fast Ford, that's entirely way, way too far. When they added this car to their collection, they drove it a grand total of 600 yards (about a third of a mile). Why? "He be a bit too quick for me," jokes the owner. The car is a 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth—one of the sportiest European Fords money could buy in the ‘80s—and it was hidden away in an English barn 16 years ago, a place it has remained since. It will soon cross the auction block in the UK, where it's low mileage and barn find pedigree are expected to pique quite a lot of interest.
Not familiar with the “Sierra” nameplate? The Ford Sierra arrived in 1982 as a replacement for the Ford Cortina and Taunus sedans. In 1986, Ford’s performance arm gave the once-sedate car a boisterous awakening with the addition of a racy body kit, giant rear spoiler, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder courtesy of Cosworth. The 204-horsepower Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was born, and it would go on to become quite the performer, both on the street and racetrack where it gained attention in touring car racing. It also spawned the rarified Sierra RS500 Cosworth, of which only 500 were built, along with later two-wheel drive Sierra Sapphire RS sedans and even an all-wheel drive variant. While the Sierra nameplate isn't well known on US shores, interestingly North America did see these cars briefly with the short-lived Merkur XR4Ti.
This rare example is said to have been assembled at Ford’s plant in Cologne, Germany in September 1986, and soon found its way to Ford RS dealership Trimoco, in the English town of Dunstable. Oddly enough, the Sierra’s more recent barn home wouldn’t be its only stay in long-term storage. Trimoco never sold the Sierra but instead kept it in storage until 1989, at which point it found its very first owner. It was later sold a second time in 1994, and presented in “concours” condition at a number of events, all with under 6,000 miles on its odometer.
On July 8th, 2000, the Ford Sierra RS met its current owner who drove it all of 600 yards and straight into their barn for safe keeping. What incredible restraint on their part. It recently emerged this year, now showing a scant 6,003 miles to its name and still wearing its original set of Dunlop D40 tires. Like its quirkiness? You aren’t alone, however the rare RS ‘Cossie’ won’t come cheaply. The UK auction house, Silverstone Auctions, estimates the barn find Sierra will gavel for between £40,000 and £50,000 pounds (or about $57,000 to $72,000).