A rare Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth has been sold at auction for £122,400.
The homologation special rolled off the production line in 1987, since when it has covered just 10,733 miles – and a mere 666 since its last MOT in September 1991.
The vehicle – one of only 500 - was sold by Silverstone Auctions on Saturday at Silverstone Classic, fetching more than £20,000 above its lower estimate.
Ford had to build 5,000 three-door units for motorsport homologation. Despite an initial struggle, it managed to shift 5,545 three-door RS cars, 500 of these being RS500s.
This particular RS500 was recently recommissioned by Cosworth specialist John Taylor who wanted the car to be kept in its original unrestored condition while still being mechanically sound. It is thought to be one of the most original RS500s still in existence.
The auction also recorded some other excellent results, including a 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI that sold for £38,475, while a 2010 Ford Focus RS500 that had covered just 128 miles from new sold for £54,000.
Guy Lees-Milne, general manager at Silverstone Auctions, said: "The result shows that low-mileage fast Fords are still very much in demand, and are proving their pedigree.
"Provable cars with provable histories will always be in high demand."
By Ted Welford