A 6000-mile Sierra Cosworth RS500 will be offered at Silverstone Auctions’ NEC Classic Motor Show sale, where it’s estimated to sell for £100,000-£115,000
Silverstone Auctions’ NEC Classic Motor Show sale has always attracted some serious classic Ford buyers, with a number of records and strong prices achieved in previous years. It’s no surprise then that this year’s catalogue is already overflowing with fast Fords.
One of the early auction highlights is a 6000-mile Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, estimated at £100,000-£115,000. Discovered hiding amongst a Ferrari collection back in 2006 by Joe Macari, the RS500 was sold to a Ford collector in 2007 for £28,000, and has been preserved ever since in a climate controlled storage unit. The car had a major £4000 service and overhaul at Tremona Garage in Southampton in 2014, which included all fluids, belts and a new battery.
Unlike a lot of RS500 models, popular for their motorsport-ready upgrades, this example is completely standard. It’s also unusual for being one of just 56 white cars built, with the majority of the 500 coming in black. It will come with a full MoT.
The RS500 model was developed specifically by Ford to homologate a number of upgraded mechanical and aerodynamic features to help make the three-door RS Cosworth more competitive in Group A motorsport. Special components include a larger Garrett T04 Turbo, bigger intercooler, high-flow fuel pump as well as a second set of fuel injectors that remained unused on the road car.
Power was quoted at 225bhp, but it’s potential output was far higher than the regular car. The rear spoiler gained a new lower level lip, while the front bumper was redesigned to aid with cooling. All 500 cars were right-hand drive, and were intended for the UK market – although many cars have since been exported to collectors around the world.
Earlier in the year, a similarly low-mileage RS500 was sold at the Silverstone Classic event for a world record price of £115,000.