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1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth


  • Just 52,859 miles 
  • Family owned from new until 2023
  • Recent £2,238 service and cosmetic work 
  • 4x4 classic Fast Ford 

The Appeal 

Ford’s fightback started here. With Audi trouncing it on the rally stages and BMW stealing showroom sales, Henry needed a saloon car winner. That car was the evocatively named Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4.
The new car was built to compete on rally stages but found its true calling on suburban driveways. Where its rivals traded on their upmarket badges, the Cossie was all about no-nonsense, fuss-free performance and driver entertainment. All-wheel drive certainly delivered that. It helped that the Cosworth looked much like its Sierra siblings. All the better for traffic light surprises. 
These cars were so much fun that original survivors in great condition are now very rare. Especially with tiny mileages. This beautiful Gloss Black ‘YBG’ red top RS Cosworth is a rare find - family owned from new until the current vendor took ownership of it in 2023, and with under 53,000 miles, it ticks all the boxes for the Fast Ford enthusiast.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 31st August 1990
  • Supplied by new by Wylies Ford of Glasgow
  • Three registered keepers, which were all the same family
  • The owner who purchased it new later transferred the logbook to his brother due to overseas work commitments 
  • It is then understood ownership was transferred back
  • Always stored in a dehumidified garage under a cover during vendor’s tenure
  • Part of a private collection 
  • Some of the recent history and early history is shown in the photographs 
  • Various Ford handbooks and rare original dealer brochures and books with the car plus an early Autocar magazine feature on the RS Cosworth 4X4
  • 2 keys with Cobra immobiliser fobs
  • Workshop technical manual 
  • Old MOTs and invoices 
  • Last MOT expired 12th December 2023 with no advisories and 52,604 miles showing on test
  • Very sparing use since 2007 when 51,559 miles showing on test 
  • Car appears to have been stored for various period since 2007 to preserve mileage 
  • Close to £3,000 invested since early 2023, summarised below
Recent maintenance: 
  • Radiator refurbishment 
  • Machine polish 
  • Underside wire brushed and treated with stonegaurd 
  • Vehicle inspection and check over
  • Fuel system and coolant system checked and attended to 

The Condition

  • Gloss Black paintwork in very good order with recent machine polish
  • Bodywork is very straight with good panel fit and no visible damage 
  • It is understood the car was professionally resprayed in 2009 to a very high standard
  • Exterior fittings including trim, lights and badges in very good condition 
  • Fitted with factory correct alloy wheels with matching spare in boot
  • Alloy wheels in good order appearing to have been refurbished
  • Dunlop SP Sport tyres fitted all round with plenty of tread visible 
  • Underside in good order with no advisories on last MOT
  • Recent wire brush refurbishment and stonegaurd to chassis 
  • Interior fittings in very good order with few and only light signs of use 
  • Electric windows, sunroof and central locking 
  • All electrics reported to be working 
  • Alpine CD fitted with CD storage unit under 

The Mechanics 

  • 1,993cc ‘YBG’ red top engine
  • 5spd manual gearbox 
  • Uprated exhaust system 
  • Recent service with few miles covered since 
  • Extensive maintenance work including recent radiator refurbishment 
  • MOT records support the low displayed mileage 
  • Enthusiast owned and no reported running or driving issues 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1990
  • Make Ford
  • Model Sierra
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 52,855 Miles
  • Engine size 1993
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bristol
  • Location City of Bristol
  • Country United Kingdom

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