Mods & Con­se­quences

Ford Sierra

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard Dredge

This year marks 35 years since the ar­rival of Ford’s game-chang­ing Sierra and while the RS Cos­worths are valu­able and sought-af­ter, the more pro­saic mod­els are all but for­got­ten. They also don’t en­gen­der the same af­fec­tion that the Cortina did and as a re­sult prices are low; even sporty edi­tions such as the XR4i and XR4x4 are af­ford­able. If you want a fast Sierra that han­dles well, then a Cos­worth is the ob­vi­ous choice. Prices have climbed sharply in re­cent years, but you can still buy an av­er­age Sap­phire RS Cos­worth for around £10,000. Bear in mind that if you mod­ify one, you’ll prob­a­bly de­value it be­cause en­thu­si­asts value orig­i­nal­ity.

So it’s best to fo­cus on what you can do to up­grade the less collectable and more af­ford­able main­stream cars. Af­ter all, when you can buy a good, late-model Sierra with fewer than 100,000 miles on the clock for un­der £1000, that leaves a lot of cash at your dis­posal (com­pared with the cost of buy­ing a Cos­worth) to spend on up­grades. Most ob­vi­ously, you could cre­ate your own Cos­worth Sierra by swap­ping the orig­i­nal Pinto or i4 en­gine for a YB Turbo or you could re­place a four­cylin­der en­gine with a V6. How­ever, in the case of the lat­ter you’re bet­ter off start­ing with a V6 be­cause you’ll have the run­ning gear al­ready in place.

You’ll also need to be care­ful not to end up spend­ing Cos­worth money on a car that ends up be­ing worth no more than a heat­edup reg­u­lar Sierra. But as Ford spe­cial­ist Bur­ton says on its web­site: ‘ With so many en­gine choices, it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble to build a Cossie-slayer with­out a Cossie en­gine; or if it’s a Cossie that you’ve got, re­fine what is the ul­ti­mate Fast Ford.’

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