You Can Buy Jeremy Clarkson's Ford Sierra from ‘Top Gear’
While the old version of the BBC’s Top Gear regularly wowed with its over-the-top road trips, car reviews, and stunts, sometimes it’s the simplest gags that are the most memorable—namely the “cheap car challenges”. Who can forget the cheap police car challenge, the £10,000 Italian supercar challenge, the Bolivia budget 4x4 special, and of course the $1,000 US road trip. One of the lesser known challenges, however, was the £5,000 track car challenge, which saw hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond buy three four-door saloons that can drop the kids off at school and turn a quick time at the circuit. May opted for a Mercedes 190e 2.3-16, Hammond an E36 BMW M3, and Clarkson a Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth. In fact, this 1989 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cossie (plate number G90 WLW). The ex-Top Gear challenge car recently surfaced, and will go off to auction this weekend, June 18th. RELATED: This Barn Find Ford Sierra was Stored After Less than a Mile
The episode, which aired during Top Gear season 15, presented Clarkson, Hammond, and May with a series of challenges for their “cheap” sports saloons, the first of which was a top speed test on the German Autobahn. Hammond’s M3 took the win at 152 mph (Jeremy Clarkson managed 142 mph). Then came a traditional German Oom-pah band to judge interior comfort (Hammond won again), followed by a hot lap around the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Again, Hammond won.
However, the Belgian-built Ford Sierra wasn’t about to be trumped. Jeremy Clarkson won the German Automobile Club’s road-worthiness test for his impressively sound Sierra, as well as the YouTube video views challenge, and last but not least, the “economy run” from the German town of Colditz to the Polish border. In fact, James May failed to finish.
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Admittedly, Hammond’s BMW M3 may be the more collectible and cherished of the three cars, but any “RS” Ford tuned by Cosworth tends to demand strong money these days. According to the UK’s Classic Car Auctions, Clarkson’s ex-Top Gear Sierra Sapphire has been in the care of its current owner for the past year, now showing 82,000 miles on the odometer.
Looking to pick up a piece of Top Gear telly fame? The auction house estimates the “Cossie” will gavel for between £13,000 and £16,000 (about $18,500 to $22,500).
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