The Sierra Cosworth could hardly be considered a common car even when it was first produced, but now, three decades on, it’s truly a rare sight on Britain’s roads. Even more rare, is the RS500 homologation special which now features almost exclusively at shows and museums.
Yet there’s a Sierra Cosworth that’s rarer than the rest, one that even the nerdiest of Ford geeks don’t always know about, and that’s this car. You see, those lucky enough to order a Sierra Cosworth from a Ford dealer would’ve had the choice of three colours: Diamond White, Moonstone Blue or Black. The one exception to this was the Rosso Red D506RVW.
There are conflicting reports as to how this car actually came about, but it is known that D506RVW was originally used as a press car by Ford Motor Company, who remained the registered keeper of the vehicle until the car was sold to its current owner at a Ford closed auction on December 13th 1988.
Before the sale, this car had been on long-term loan to the Duke of Bedford, who is believed to have requested the car in red — thus triggering its build.
A similar story surrounds the late Princess Diana’s Ford Escort RS Turbo, which was one of few examples to leave the Ford factory in black. Interestingly, like the Sierra, Diana’s car is said to have remained registered to Ford Motor Company throughout her ownership.
Back to the Sierra, and in particular its owner — Vince Woodman. Vince is a well-respected and successful competitor in Touring Car competition throughout the world. He’s also a life member of the British Racing Drivers Club. Although cars from many manufacturers featured throughout his driving career of six decades, more often than not, Woodman was working the wheel behind a blue oval and enjoyed the majority of his success in numerous Escorts and Capris.
Woodman also ran a well-known Ford main dealer and was appointed an RS agent for the South West of England, in a career in car sales that lasted more than 50 years. Vince also happens to be my grandfather and a man who I can surely blame for my passion for driving as well as all things car related.
As you’d expect from a driver of his calibre, the red Sierra Cosworth has been thoroughly enjoyed throughout his ownership and yet remains in superb, original condition. Having been in secure storage for a few years now, the car was last driven by myself at Castle Combe’s 60th Anniversary meeting back in 2010.
Countless cars have featured Woodman’s name on their logbooks and yet very few of them have stuck with him, this car is an exception, and a true favourite of his.
Amazingly, if you like this car enough you can actually buy a 1:43 scale model of it from Corgi!
Note: I’ll update this article with better images of the car once I get more time and a sunny day!