54,000 miles from new 1991 Ford Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 Saloon Registration no. ODZ 3035 Chassis no. WFOFXXGBBFME74916 Engine no. ME74916
The sight of rival manufacturers reaping the rewards of a successful circuit racing programme prompted Ford to renew its alliance with engine builder Cosworth to create the eponymous Sierra, assembly of the minimum 5,000 units required for Group A homologation commencing in June 1986 at the company's Genk plant in Belgium. Based on the three-door Sierra bodyshell, the RS Cosworth combined the standard 1,993cc Pinto engine's cylinder block with a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, the first time the latter combination had been seen in a production Ford engine. Topping it off was a Cosworth-developed, twin-camshaft, 16-valve cylinder head fed by a Garrett AiResearch turbocharger, the latter being deemed necessary to achieve a competitive power output for racing, which in time would amount to over 500bhp! Even in standard road trim the Sierra RS Cosworth produced a staggering 204bhp, its Weber-Marelli engine management system ensuring that the resulting stupendous performance was delivered with minimal turbo lag. Needless to say, the standard Sierra underpinnings were comprehensively up-rated to cope. The hatchback version ceased production in 1986 and was replaced in 1988 by the more refined Sapphire RS Cosworth four-door saloon. Ford's next step was to equip the Sapphire Cosworth with the latest development of the Sierra XR4x4's four-wheel drive transmission, a move that coincided with an increase in maximum power to 220bhp. In this form the Sapphire RS Cosworth had few equals among mainstream production cars.
Costing around £25,000 new, this Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 was retained as a demonstrator by City Ford of Slough for its first year and next belonged to Northern Ireland resident Mr Robert Kenohan, a maker of bespoke furniture. Mr Kenohan kept 'ODZ 3035' until 2004, by which time it had covered 44,000 miles, and for the last seven years the car has been owned by motor engineers who have maintained it 'in house'. Described as in generally very good condition, this un-restored, unmolested and low mileage (54,000) Sapphire Cosworth is offered with its original Ford wallet/handbook, current MoT, Swansea V5 document and expired MoT certificates dating back to 2004. The only notified deviations from factory specification are a Category 1 immobiliser, stainless steel exhaust system and OZ 17" alloy wheels (original 15" wheels accompany the lot).