This model will delight the hotrods from the mid 1980s and early 1990s we’re sure. Produced by Ford Europe in their Belgian factory between 1986 and 1992, the early versions of the Ford Sierra Sapphire RS came as a 3-door hatchback with front engine and rear wheel drive but from 1988, it appeared as a 4-door notchback. Between 1990 and 1992, it also came as a four wheel drive, which is the car chosen for our 1:76 scale replica. In real life, the car was a great favourite with the racing and rallying fraternity with its 5-speed gearbox and up to 224 hp which enabled it to reach a maximum speed of 149 mph. It could also do 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The rear spoiler added even more ‘street cred’ for the amateur motorist. When launched, the car was only available in black, white and moonstone blue, all featuring grey interiors.
We launch our own Ford Sierra Sapphire RS 4 x 4 in black with dark grey interior, registered K994 FUW from 1992. A special feature to note is the rear light cluster which comprise a smoke tinted bar on either side of the red and silver lights, just like the real thing. Apart from the silver spoked wheels, all other trim is black. Finally, the Ford badge in blue sits in the centre of the black radiator grille.