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Peter C

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I do like a Sierra! Very iconic car imho.

Youve had some lovely ones too. The new blue car certainly looks a superb example. I guess it’s been owned by an old boy and garaged its whole life? 
I used to work on a few Sierra’s. One was a Pinto powered hatch in the same blue as yours that got towed in one day with a broken cam belt. Timed it up and put a new belt on it and it fired straight up and drove within an hour of arriving! 
There was an absolutely mint 2.0 twin cam engined one too in silver, that was another one that was old boy owned and barely used. Every few years we’d have to rebuild the brakes on it as they kept seizing up!

Great cars.

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that's glorious. I remember seeing the newly launched Sapphire on Top Gear and wanted one ever since, especially the early low spec ones.  

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The seller told me that the Sierra started life down in Kent and after many years found its way to Scotland, which is where he found it and brought it over to Northern Ireland. It’s now coming back to the south east of England.

From a £3 text message check, it’s a four owner car.

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That's lovely. Just how I remember them back in 1987, in fact.

I wonder which dealer it was originally sold by? I reckon Invicta Motors or Thompsons of Dover.

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My 1.8L - one of the first CVH cars. Bought it for £80 with minor damage which I got repaired.

I especially liked it as it was Regency Red and my dad had an E reg 2.0i GLS Sapphire in the same colour at the time 

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Replacing the fuel tank on the Saph

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Funny enough my hatchback went to Ireland to be a tarmac rally car

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Excellent news @Peter C . Perfect for that "1988 junior salesrep" experience.

My late parents' friends had a hatchback around the same age but I cannot remember which. Might have been a semi-decadent GLS in silver.

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I had a 1988 Sapphire Cosworth for a couple of years. The front doors were rotten at just 6 years old and 38,000 miles. Replaced both doors with an immaclate pair from a scrapped 1989 1800L. 

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Sierras are ace. I miss my 2.0i Ghia,

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I never drove the £50 spares Sierra, couldn’t work out what was causing it not to start, it did give up plenty of spares to keep the white one going though. 
 

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And the brown one eventually ended up as parts donor too, XR2 is still around in new ownership though. 
 

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One working definition of an established classic car using HML….

 

Numbers fairly stable and a cyclical pattern of rising taxed examples in the summer, and less taxed over winter. 

 

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I have a large collection of What Car? magazines that date back from mid 1980s to mid 1990s. I should get them laminated really, as I get quite aroused whenever I peruse them. 

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Details taken from a magazine that dates back to 1987, same as the incoming Sapphire.

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Sierras of all shapes and specifications often featured in road tests and similar articles. They usually did well, scored average points, were said to be comfortable, reliable and cheap to run but dated. Makes sense.

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Looks great!  Would have been a good car to have this morning, too, as the cold weather overnight in the South East left us with a touch of frost.  

Are the 1.8 ones any good?  I had a 1.6 CVH in an Orion and found it willing, if somewhat unrefined.  Would it be a lot slower than a 2.0 Pinto?  Those were hardly refined either (if old memories of driving a Cortina so equipped are anything to go by), but quite willing once the revs were up.  The CVH is, presumably, the opposite.  I've somehow managed to get through life, at least thus far, without ever having driven a Sierra!  

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I was stopped by plain clothes police drugs squad officers for overtaking them down the Dock Road in Liverpool. It was a week after I passed my driving test. In my dad's dangly mirror beige base 1.6 estate.  Probably doing 80 mph in what is Now a 30.  I think it was a 60 in those days. Got a bit of advice at the side of the road. 

Not taking the advice I spun that car on the coast road at Southport about 6 months later. No visible damage. 🤔

A few years later I got his Sapphire 1.8LX up to an indicated 136 on a German Autobahn at 2 am heading for Stuttgart. He was asleep. When he woke up he was complaining about how much fuel I'd used. 

He took me off the insurance when I got his 2.0 16V ghia estate sideways on a motorway roundabout in the dry.  Probably shouldn't have done it with him in the passenger seat.  30 years later he still won't put me on his insurance. 

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53 minutes ago, New POD said:

I was stopped by plain clothes police drugs squad officers for overtaking them down the Dock Road in Liverpool. It was a week after I passed my driving test. In my dad's dangly mirror beige base 1.6 estate.  Probably doing 80 mph in what is Now a 30.  I think it was a 60 in those days. Got a bit of advice at the side of the road. 

Not taking the advice I spun that car on the coast road at Southport about 6 months later. No visible damage. 🤔

A few years later I got his Sapphire 1.8LX up to an indicated 136 on a German Autobahn at 2 am heading for Stuttgart. He was asleep. When he woke up he was complaining about how much fuel I'd used. 

He took me off the insurance when I got his 2.0 16V ghia estate sideways on a motorway roundabout in the dry.  Probably shouldn't have done it with him in the passenger seat.  30 years later he still won't put me on his insurance. 

😂😂😂 136!!! What kilometres per hour?

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2 hours ago, Missy Charm said:

Are the 1.8 ones any good? 

They're alright, no road burner but they get the job done.

Easiest cambelt ever though, ICME time is 36 minutes

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Just received confirmation email from the DVLA that the car is mine.

The seller has sent me one more photo.

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The Sierra may start its journey tomorrow instead of Monday, details to be confirmed tomorrow morning.

Excitement level is high.

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4 hours ago, HMC said:

One working definition of an established classic car using HML….

 

Numbers fairly stable and a cyclical pattern of rising taxed examples in the summer, and less taxed over winter. 

 

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Whilst the stability is promising, I think it has more to do with the value of Cossies rather than anything else.

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Congratulations.  That is a total time warp, especially in Smartie blue.  Like so many others, I sold mine to someone in Northern Ireland.  There must be a handful of D reg saloons now. 

I suspect also that you've got one of the very early Mk2 Sierras that had Mk1 door windows.  They got larger windows but I think that the earliest had the smaller ones from the Mk1.  Be worth checking in the hopefully unlikely event that you need a window.

 

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I think I drove every configuration of Mk2 Sierra back in the day, except the diesel. Now feeling a big Sierra hole in my life. Very jealous, well done!

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39 minutes ago, lisbon_road said:

 

I suspect also that you've got one of the very early Mk2 Sierras that had Mk1 door windows.  They got larger windows but I think that the earliest had the smaller ones from the Mk1.  Be worth checking in the hopefully unlikely event that you need a window.

 

Is that possible? A Mk2 with Mk1 glazing?

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Just now, Peter C said:

Is that possible? A Mk2 with Mk1 glazing?

I think they enlarged the windows a year or so after the first Mk2s.  The doors had narrower sections too. 

I remember that a knew a bodyshop and he'd occasionally fitted early Mk2s with Mk1 doors but had to weld part of the inner door so that the various bits fitted.  At the time, early Mk2s were newish.

Anyway, that's my memory. 

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