1984 Ford Sierra XR4i


  • Current ownership for 32 years
  • Refurbished in 2022 at cost of over £9,000
  • Garage-stored for 21 years
  • Lots of history and old MOTs


Fast Fords are big news these days, especially when they have a fully known and documented history - and they don’t come with a much better pedigree than this one, which has been in the same ownership since 1991. 

Back when the owner bought it, the Sierra was still in production, and the rest of the car industry had finally caught up with its game-changing aerodynamic styling. 41 years since its debut, it’s hard to imagine the scale of the impact the Sierra had. Styled by French designer Patrick Le Quement to completely revolutionise the family car sector, its slippery shape and rounded curves were like nothing we’d seen before. 

A sporty version was inevitable, and it arrived in 1984. This one is one of the very first. With its distinctive double-decker boot spoiler and pepper-pot alloy wheels – it certainly didn’t hide its light under a bushel. 

The owner bought it at seven years old and with 66,000 miles on the clock, as a young man. Then along came a wife, a family and a career. The Sierra stayed but went from daily driver to occasional fun car to garage ornament – kept MOT’d and in casual use until 2002, then tucked away in the garage of the family home for the next 20 years. 

Last summer, the vendor decided the Sierra deserved a new lease of life, so it was pulled out of the garage and comprehensively overhauled at a cost of over £9,000. Today, it’s immaculate and also for sale – here’s your chance to buy an XR4i with a pedigree unlike any other…

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  • First registered in May 1984, making this a very early XR4i indeed
  • Purchased by vendor in November 1991 and used as his daily car until 1994
  • Repainted in Azure Blue in 1993 – the paint it still wears today. Invoice for the paint and bodywork included
  • MOT until November 2023
  • UK V5C
  • MOT certificates up until 2002 when the car was taken off the road
  • Some historic invoices
  • Genuine mileage
  • Recommissioned by classic car specialist between August and November 2022 at a documented cost of over £9,000
  • Original Ford manuals and handbooks
  • Original advert from Auto Trader through which the vendor bought the car
  • Two sets of keys


  • Ford ‘Raven’ velour trim
  • Sports front seats
  • Red piping around dash inserts and centre console – a wonderfully Eighties vibe!
  • Kept out of the sun for over 20 years, so no sun damage or cracks to the dashboard, as commonly seen on Sierras
  • Exceptional condition inside with no major wear
  • Radio needs tuning or recoding


  • Repainted 30 years ago in Ford Azure Blue and still looks incredible today, with only minor ‘spidering’ under the paint in places
  • Original body kit, arch extensions and side skirts
  • Outrageous double decker ‘tea tray’ spoiler in great condition
  • Refurbished pepper-pot alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
  • All original badges and trim in good order
  • Excellent order underneath with no welding carried out


  • 2.8-litre V6
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Completely overhauled by classic car specialist over four-month period in 2022
  • Mechanically wants for nothing – all consumables and worn components relating to the engine, steering, suspension and braking systems have been renewed
  • New fuel tank
  • Sports exhaust system


An original XR4i is a very rare car these days and an early example in good condition will command a following, but this one is something altogether more special. 

Unlike many XR4s, which have passed through the hands of multiple owners, been used and abused and - if they got lucky - restored, this one has been the property of the same owner since John Major was Prime Minister and the first Gulf War was in full swing. It’s a piece of social history in itself – a performance car from an era when performance was one part tuning and handling, and an equal measure of outlandish body styling. 

Make no mistake. This is an incredible car, and one with a fabulous story behind it. It’s so cool, it hurts. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1984
  • Make Ford
  • Model Sierra
  • Colour Ford Azure Blue
  • Odometer 75,821 Miles
  • Engine size 2792
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Milton Keynes
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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