Super-clean Sapphire Cossie is the perfect summer cruiser.
The modified car game is something that continually evolves; one year you’re running brightly coloured neons and the next you’re polishing the most complicated set of splits you could find on the market. My point being, the car ‘scene’ is forever changing, which is what is so cool about this passion. The owner of this beautiful Sapphire Cosworth you currently see sprawled across these pages, however, has taken it back to basics, making a classic even more classic – and we bloody love it!
There’s something to be said for a car that doesn’t need a whopping great spoiler, an engine swap or slamming to the ground. The pure class that is the Cosworth speaks for itself and Danny recognised that straight away. Some cars just don’t need the level of modification that others do – the fact that the Cossie was built so well in the first place is testament to that – but as time goes on and technology gets more and more advanced; it’s often prevalent to replace some aged bits. “I’d always wanted to own one. It’s one of those cars you grow up watching on TV and you wish to own one day, but never think you actually will. There wasn’t any need to go mad with it, because it was already an icon – I just felt a bit more boost and a few updated parts were needed,” Danny said.
Going from a two- door Mk1 Escort, which was also homebuilt, Danny already knew what he wanted to do to the Saph, as well as a good idea of what would work well. The
“Danny tackled all this work himself, fitting all the upgrades and even rebuilding the engine”
Ford Sierra Sapphire is a classic – one of which is not always as celebrated as it probably should be. The likes of the Escort, for example, gets much more praise and is shouted about much more often. However, the fact that it’s coupled with Cosworth mechanicals makes the Saph Cossie simply unforgettable.
Danny isn’t exactly a stranger to building a car or two, oh no. Before buying this 1989 twowheel drive Sapphire, he had an Escort RS2000 that he sold following a complete restoration. “I purchased the Saph eight years ago from the Pistonheads website, just after I’d just sold the RS2000. I bought the Sapphire with the intention of just making it a good driver – it was stupidly low mileage for what it was and how old it was, it was an all-round great buy – but it wasn’t long after owning it that I decided it just wasn’t clean enough,” the 49-year- old lorry driver tells us.
So, naturally, it had to come to pieces. It was completely standard when Danny bought it and, much like most of us fellow petrol heads, it wasn’t going to stay completely standard for long. We all like to put our stamp on things, after all. Danny set about stripping the car down. He repainted all the running gear himself, as well as painting and sealing the underside. The shell was then sent to Watmough Panelcraft where they fully resprayed it in the original colour, Moonstone Blue. While the shell was in paint, Danny took the opportunity to perform a few light modifications here and there. Starting with the engine – we say ‘light modification’, what he actually did was take the whole thing apart – re-building it as he went. Key upgrades to improve reliability and driveability were the order of the day, including a full set of polybushes underneath, a multi-layer Cometic head gasket, ARP head studs, a larger Airtec radiator, and a K& N panel filter to name but a few of the choice improvements.
Danny tackled all this work himself too, fitting all the upgrades and even rebuilding the engine. The only thing he couldn’t do at home was any engine machining, so that was sent away to be done by Gosnays, in Romford.
It didn’t stop there, though. Danny got in touch with Bernie’s Blowers for a complete turbo re-build too. At the same time he instructed them to add a 360 degree thrust
When the styling’s this good, there’s not much more you need to do!