An original Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 with 12,000 miles on its odometer is soon to go under the hammer where it is estimated to pull in £60,000 – £70,000.
According to information posted on the excellent Practical Classics facebook page, E297 GHO was originally supplied in 1987 before changing hands the following year after covering just 2,000 miles. The second owner, and the current name on the V5, then kept the car for the last 28 years. Five years after emigrating to the United States, the owner shipped the RS500 from a climate-controlled hiatus to join him on the other side of the Atlantic.
For reasons unknown, its owner failed to get the car registered in the U.S, and so once again this homologation special was tucked away. The car has since been brought back to the U.K, where it was subject to a light renovation and recommissioning by specialists Graham Goode Racing. Few names are more synonymous with the Sierra Cosworth than Graham Goode, who himself being the first ever BTCC win for this car, and whose team went on to race these cars until they were no longer homologated.
The car scored an overall rating of 4 out of 5 from auction house CCA, totalling 114/135 on its thorough condition evaluation, you can read more on that here. Included in the sale, is the original owner’s Manual, RS500 Supplement, service book, current MOT Certificate and the receipt for the recent work carried out by Graham Goode Racing.
E297 GHO is lot number 968 of the CCA December 2016 Classic Car Sale, and is set to go under the hammer on December 3rd. Here’s the link to the auction page.
What makes the RS500 so special?
The Sierra RS500 was a homologation special limited to just 500 examples. Each car was right hand drive and originally sold in the UK, following a conversion in 1987 by Aston Martin Tickford. Although aesthetically similar to the 3dr Cosworth they stemmed from, RS500s can be distinguished by subtle badging, an additional rear spoiler beneath the signature whale tail and a different front bumper that offered improved cooling.
Mechanically speaking, these cars were another story with engines that featured a tougher cylinder block, a larger Garrett T04 turbocharger plus an uprated intercooler. The fuel system also featured an uprated pump and an additional fuel rail with another four injectors – necessary on the 500bhp+ Group A cars this car was homologated for, but nothing more than a showpiece for the roadgoing RS500s. Similarly, RS500s received additional yet unused pick up points at their chassis, these were for bolting on uprated suspension components used in touring car competition.