1982-1992 FORD SIERRA
WHY IT MATTERS ‘Jelly mould’ shape revolutionary when launched, dynamics, 1980s’ character
Why are we including the Ford Sierra? Surely you’ll find a dozen of them parked in your average multi-storey car park? Well, go take a look for yourself, for now the good old standard Sierra is very much a rarity. When did you last see a beige two-door parked outside the Co-op, for example?
The Sierra’s idiosyncratic slippery shape and many and varied specifications/options meant that it summed up the 1980s perfectly and occupies a rightful place in history. And the lowlier models arguably hold the happiest memories for most of us, rather than the whizz-bang Cossies.
Imagine legions of bright red 1.6Ls on the M25 with regional sales representatives for Buxted Chicken off for their annual sales conference in Macclesfield, complete with Foster Menswear jacket dangling by the rear passenger window.
The latest How Many Left figures suggest that the roads of Great Britain contain a mere 3058 Sierras. If you’re not too specconscious you should still be able to snap up a bargain motorway cruiser. ‘Man and machine in perfect harmony,’ said Ford. And it was right. Sort of.