Own­ing a Sap­phire RS Cos­worth

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘I’m very much into fast Fords – I came to this Sap­phire RS fol­low­ing a string of Mk2 Es­cort RS2000S,’ says Denise Hodgkin­son, whose Ford was pre­vi­ously owned by Jeremy Clark­son and used in a Top Gear chal­lenge in which it was driven across Ger­many.

‘It’s very straight­for­ward both to look af­ter and drive – you don’t have to think twice about thrash­ing it. It’ll sus­tain 100mph eas­ily and I’ve seen 135 on the clock. It’s re­li­able and prac­ti­cal too – I com­mute to work in it when it’s dry and I’ll pick the kids up from school later today. It’s never over­heated or left me stranded.

‘I avoid tak­ing it out in the wet, sim­ply to avoid rust – all Sier­ras suf­fer from it, and body pan­els aren’t as easy to find as they used to be. Same goes for trim too.

‘I would keep it, but I fancy an As­ton Martin.’

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