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Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 Sells For $150k, Surpassing Estimates

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We’ve no doubt that a low-mileage Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is a hard thing to find these days, but it’s always a surprise when a car far exceeds an auction company’s original estimates, no matter how rare or pristine it may be.

Late last month, a 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 with fewer than 11k miles blew past Silverstone Auctions’ highest estimate by £14,750 (about $20k US), going for £114,750 ($150k US). The car is No. 387 of 500, and like all examples, it wears the distinctive RS500 “whale tail” rear wing and packs a 224-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from Cosworth.

The potent, aggressively-styled, rear-wheel-drive Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 was quite fast for its time, boasting a 6.2-second 0-to-100-kmph (0-to-60-mph) time and a 153-mph top speed. This example, which was parked for some 26 years, was returned to roadworthy condition prior to its sale, receiving new brake discs and pads, a new fuel tank, new battery, and an engine service that included fresh belts and fluids. Astoundingly, the car is still riding on its original Dunlop tires from 1987.

For more photos and info regarding this rare, well-preserved Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, check out the original listing on the Silverstone Auctions website.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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