Digestible Collectible: 1989 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
digestible collectible 1989 ford sierra sapphire rs cosworth

An alternate title I briefly considered: Digestible Collectible: Brexitopia!

I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about the state of international politics beyond what I’ve read here on TTAC, or a few brief articles around the web. While I have my doubts that the world will end because of the “Leave” vote, I’m happy to remain relatively ignorant.

That said, I’m happy to take advantage of the sudden, favorable exchange rate drop, and of course hit the web to see what interesting stuff might be imported.

I’m no forex expert, but the exchange rate (at this writing on Sunday, June 26) is at .731 GBP to $1 US, compared to .666/1 last Thursday and .635/1 in August (all figures from x-rates.com)

A brief glance out the window of my home office reminds me that my driveway is woefully barren, with representatives from only two of the Detroit Big 2.5. Naturally, I need a Ford to fill the gap, and since we seem to love the Blue Oval around this place, I need to fit in with something from Dearborn.

Or Belgium.

Since the Focus RS is finally washing up on our Atlantic beaches, I hit eBay UK trolling for an old-enough RS badge. This gleaming white 1989 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth immediately caught my eye. With a stout Cosworth turbocharged YB four-cylinder under the hood powering the rear wheels, this could be the family sedan of my dreams. It’s basically new with about 77,000 miles on the odometer.

It’s the family sedan of my dreams, except there are no cupholders. I’d rather my kids not spill on the Recaro seats.

That exchange rate is enticing, though. At today’s rate, the 12,695 GBP asking price is about $17,367 US. At last August’s one-year low, this same Sierra would have cost me about $19,992. That $2,600 difference should pay to get it across the ocean and into my driveway.

Chris Tonn is the Large Editor at Large for Car Of The Day, a classic-car focused site highlighting cool and unusual finds.

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  • Runs_on_h8raide Runs_on_h8raide on Jun 27, 2016

    Sanjeev....I dare you to find a clean a late 80s Pontiac Sunfire GT turbo!!!

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Jun 27, 2016

    The turbo Cosworth Sierra made the basis for a great race car. Back when we had Group A racing, the Sierra Cosworth ate and gave the V8s a good run for their money. They also looked great. Dick Johnson raced a Sierra that was painted Kermit the Frog green, Disgusting! Nice car.

  • Arthur Dailey What the heck is an 'influencer'?And who would buy or do something because somebody on a social media site told them to or recommended/flogged something?Maybe I am just too old and cynical to understand those who actually are 'influenced'? But then I also never trusted or was 'influenced' by celebrity endorsements or product placements.However I did know and coach a teenager who became extremely wealthy because he set up a Youtube channel where people paid to watch him and his friends play video games.
  • Dukeisduke $8,000 for this rustbucket? It's a '73, not a '74 ("Registered and titled as a 1973…it looks like a ‘74 to me"), and anyway, mid to late '60s Alfa Berlinas are much more desirable.Even if you kept it in a garage and didn't drive it in the rain, it wouldn't stop rusting, it might just progress more slowly. This looks more like a parts car than something you'd drive. It needs rear main seals all over the car, so that oil leaks can slow down the rust, like all the oil on the underbody.
  • Analoggrotto Only the truly influential , affluent, educated and elite drive TESLAs. This is a fake influencer.
  • Analoggrotto Looking forward to the comments.
  • Dukeisduke Where the hell did he get the money for all those? Likes on YouTube?