XR4x4 marks the spot

The Cosworth models will always be the kings of the Sierra range, but over the past few years we’ve seen big results for the XR4i, a byproduct of so few having survived.



ould the XR4x4 be next? It might not have the bewinged allure of either the Cossie or the XR4i, but it’s got a lot going for it – in facelift form, a lusty 2.9-litre Cologne V6 that pushes out a healthy 148bhp, matched to a rearward-biased four-wheel drive system. Despite this, we haven’t seen headline-grabbing auction results for the XR4x4, particularly for the post-1987 facelift versions like the one you see above. This particular 1989 car, up for grabs with South Western Vehicle Auctions (SWVA) has all the makings of a newsworthy car.

Not only has it covered a mere 29,662 warranted miles, its owner has also doted on the vehicle. Only ever used as a high days and holidays car, it had been kept garaged by the chap who bought it new – and yes, the original bill of sale for £16,140 in 1989 is included. The original owner passed away in 2018, and the car was given to his gardener.

Described as having no rust and having never seen rain, it has been guided at £8900 to £9900 – that’s a fraction of the price of a Cosworth with similar specification and provenance, and about half the cost of an XR4i. The auction goes ahead on Friday, 25 October. More details at swva.co.uk

Lewis PlumbFord, XR4x4