£50000, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Rouse Sport 302-R, 1990 H Reg

PRIVATE SALE OF OUR OWN Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Rouse Sport 302-R

1 of the original 6 302-Rs produced with just 2 remaining (possibly 3, see text)

Build no. 003. Build date 1/ 8/ 90, 1st registered 17/8/90

Book featured in Dan Williamson’s ‘Factory Original RS Cosworths’

Historically well known car on the show scene 2000-2010

Fully restored into show winning condition in the early 2000s with extensive new Ford o.e original parts; this included a full engine refresh to both bottom and top end, and a reconditioned turbo by Turbo technics, all of which is documented. Since then around 14000 miles covered

Successfully shown within RSOC winning many accolades, and remains essentially show winning standard

Barely used last 10 years but exercised, serviced and MOTd periodically

Extensive documented history with all books/ manuals/ keys present

Owned by us for 13 years

Almost unique and a truly wonderful car

5 owners from new with extensive documented history file. Mileage 114000. All owners’ manuals/book/keys/promotional literature. The file contains a huge amount of invoices, for both parts, and historical purchase invoices for the car itself

Remains true in virtually every detail to original Rouse production specification, other than for a couple of period ‘upgrades’ such as a 4×4 vented bonnet, Magnex stainless exhaust, Ford 2007 RDS radio/cassette (original radio/amp provided) and stainless turbo damper

It retains it’s original T25 turbo, Yellow injectors and Rouse mapping, and runs it’s correct fatter 225 50VR15 tyres

The Rouse Sports were developed by Andy Rouse. Originally a run of 100 was planned, but resultantly just 78 were built. Just 6 of these were 2wd, designated 302-R and the remaining 72 were 4wd, designated 304-R
 
The nomenclature 302, or 304, came about from the torque figure which was 300 lb ft, a huge improvement over the standard car, and the ‘2’ or ‘4’ represented the driven wheels
 
Engine spec. had a reduced lag, smaller T25 turbo, and ran standard injectors with Rouse developed map. Net result 260 bhp / 300 lb ft, and by far the fastest standard Cosworth out of the showroom. In gear performance in particular was on another level
 
Cost of conversion was £4450 + VAT, and this at a time when the new cost of a Sierra Cosworth was at it’s highest, so somewhere in the region of £31000/£32000. Sold by only a handful of RS dealers, actually 17, and with full Ford approved warranty. This car originally came from C H Soans and Son Ltd of Leamington in Warwickshire
 
Spec. included 225/50 tyres, unique bodykit with revised skirts, spoiler, deeper rear bumper, front splitter etc, ‘winged’ Recaros with bespoke badging, and lots of other detail changes, such as the colour coded ‘C’ panel, and even improved wiper blades and headlamp bulbs
 
Well known Ford author Dan Williamson featured this particular car in his excellent book ‘Factory Original RS Cosworths’ and it is now immortalised enjoying a complete section to itself within that book
 
The other sole existing 302-R that is known to me is a very nice, original and well known car, but I am not sure whether it retains it’s true Rouse spec. mechanicals i.e T25 turbo, yellow injectors, Rouse map etc
 
There is talk of a third existing 302-R, claimed to be car no. 001, which is at odds with the accepted fact that 001 was the original press car, a Moonstone 304-R registration G808 DKV that was written off and subsequently re-shelled into a black shell…
 
…however, Rouse’s numbering system does raise question marks from some quarters, and I am aware that there are claims of duplication of build numbers, make your own assumptions…
 
In standard terms, the Rouse was easily the quickest of all the Cosworths to leave the showroom. Of course, many (most) Cosworths were modified, but nevertheless 260bhp / 300 lb/ft in a 1200kg RWD chassis still feels very decently quick today, and it’s mid range punch, associated turbo whistle and undeniably unique exhaust note ensures that this car is as much fun today, as it always was…
 

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