|Ford Sierra / Sapphire / Cosworth|
By 1978, Ford Europe was working on a new mid-range model to replace the Cortina/Taunus in the early 1980s. Although still popular with buyers, the outgoing Cortina/Taunus was essentially a 12-year old design by the time of the Sierra's launch; despite the TC2/Mk 4 shape launching in 1976, and the mildly reworked TC3/Mk 5 three years later, both were merely a reskinned version of the 1970 TC/Mk 3 with few major mechanical changes in that time. Ford's future model policy and styling direction had already been shown with the Escort III two years earlier, in that its conventionally styled saloons of the 1970s would be replaced by hatchbacks with advanced aerodynamic styling
Initially there was resistance from potential buyers of the 'jelly mould' body design, it was later in the Sierra's life that the styling began to pay off; ten years after its introduction, the Sierra's styling was not nearly as outdated as its contemporaries. The most notable changes came at the autumn of 1987, with a major facelift and the addition of a 4-door saloon (UK: Sapphire). As other manufacturers adopted similar aerodynamic styling, the Sierra looked more normal. At its peak, it was Britain's second best selling car in 1983, 1988 and 1989, and was still Britain's fifth best selling car in 1992.
The sporting model XR4i utilized the 2.8 engine with mechanical fuel injection (Bosch K Jetronic) coupled to rear-wheel drive (1983-1985) and to four-wheel-drive as XR4x4 (1985-1987). There were visual differences and alterations between the XR4i and XR4x4, such as coloured bumpers, the removal of the 'bi-plane' rear wing and alloy wheels as seen on the Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1.
The Cosworth model was powered by a turbocharged 16-valve 4-cylinder engine known as the 'YB' which was based on the Ford Pinto block. The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was introduced in 1986 as a three-door hatchback, with a 2-litre DOHC turbo engine producing 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) and a top speed of 150 mph - a speed normally found only in cars from prestige brands like Ferrari and Porsche, at much higher prices and without the practicality of the Ford.
The Ford Sierra remained in production until 1993 when it was replaced by the Mondeo.
|Ford Sierra Sapphire|
|Vanguards VA09900; Ford Sierra Sapphire GLS; Radiant Red||Vanguards VA09901; Ford Sierra Sapphire GLS; Black||Vanguards VA09902; Ford Sierra Sapphire GLS; Metropolitan Police, Diplomatic Protection Group|
|Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth|
|Vanguards VA10000; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Nouveau Red||Vanguards VA10001; Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4; Devon and Cornwall Constabulary||Vanguards VA10002; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Moondust Silver||Vanguards VA10003; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Micra-Chrome Blue||Vanguards AN10004; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; 50th Anniversary Of Corgi|
|Vanguards VA10005; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Turbo Systems Motorsport||
Vanguards TP1002; Tayside Police 2 Car Set
|Vanguards VA10007; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; 1991 RAC Rally, Ford Team Publicity Car||Vanguards VA10008; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Isle of Man Police||Vanguards VA10009; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Moonstone Blue|
|Vanguards VA10010; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Colin McRae Motorsport||Vanguards VA10011; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; 1991 Ulster Rally 1st; Bertie Fisher; RN3||Vanguards VA10012; Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth||Vanguards VA10013; Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4; Smokestone||Vanguards VA10014; Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth RS 4x4; Sussex Police|
|Ford Sierra RS Cosworth|
|Vanguards VA11700; Ford Sierra RS Cosworth; 1989 WRC; Colin McRae; RN27||Vanguards VA11701; Ford Sierra RS Cosworth; Diamond White||Vanguards VA11702; Ford Sierra RS Cosworth; Moonstone Blue||Vanguards VA11703; Ford Sierra RS Cosworth; Plated Chrome||Vanguards VA11704; Ford Sierra RS Cosworth; Rosso Red; Duke of Bedford|
|Vanguards VA11705; Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth; Black||Vanguards VA11706; Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth; Moonstone Blue||Vanguards VA11707; Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth; Diamond White|
|Ford Sierra XR4i|
|Vanguards VA12200; Ford Sierra XR4i; Cardinal Red||Vanguards VA12201; Ford Sierra XR4i; Devon & Cornwall Police||Vanguards VA12202; Ford Merkur XR4Ti; 1985 Trimoco British Saloon Car Championship Winner, Andy Rouse||Vanguards VA12203; Ford Sierra XR4i; Black||Vanguards VA12204; Ford Sierra XR4i; Strato Silver|