Ford Scorpio Ultima Cosworth | Spotted

A Cosworth on the cheap, you say? Well, kind of…

By Matt Bird / Monday, January 25, 2021 / Loading comments

Arguably no one needs reminding that Cosworth-badged Fords are very expensive classic cars. Stick the phrase into the PH classifieds search and you're seconds away from Sierras and Escorts for sale at the sort of money that would buy a new BMW M3. To some extent, it's understandable, if difficult to fully get your head around: the cars are rare now, a few enjoyed competition success, and there's something about a Blue Oval flagship that really resonates in Britain. Furthermore, given the uncertain future of the genre, with RS cars seemingly unlikely to continue after the Focus cancelled, the love in looks likely to last a good while yet. Cosworth and Ford have a long, rich history together, the appeal (and value) of which can never be underestimated.

We know this is true, because even the Scorpio is appreciating. This Ultima Cosworth example, mistakenly labelled as a Sierra RS, is an incredibly rare car. All of them are, to be honest, given the Scorpio's less than favourable reception and the Cosworth's status as the most expensive of them all – but this one especially so. That's because, on a 2001 Y registration, it must be one of the very last put on the road. The fact that production was wound up in 1998 should tell you how hard it was to shift them…

Not so long ago, Scorpios of this ilk were Shed money, unloved even 20 years after launch. However, as with so many mainstream performance cars of the late 20th century, their recent (and some would say inevitable) decline has seen prices rise. From 2016 until 2020, for example, HowManyLeft reckons that the number of 24-valve Ultimas – the Cosworth-engined cars – has halved. And there were only 95 back then.

So this is a real find, especially in Tourmaline Green. Nowadays the Scorpio seems even more of a curio than ever: as a luxury saloon from a mainstream manufacturer, first off, and secondly with a V6 worked on by one of best known engine builders out there. Justifying it now would be like trying to comprehend the Audi RS Q8 in 1999. Cosworth did a proper job, too, the venerable Cologne V6 treated to an aluminium head, uprated conrods, a stronger crank and higher compression pistons from Mahle. What was a fairly wheezy 150hp 12-valver became the Cosworth 24v with almost 200hp. On a facelifted car like this, the official output was rated at 205hp.

There's even an argument to say – from the safety of your own home, probably – that the Scorpio doesn't even look so bad nowadays. Certainly inoffensive given what now passes for good automotive design. Granted, no one is claiming the big Ford as a design classic, but surely it's unlikely to draw the ire it once did. People will probably (maybe) just be pleased to see one.

And while the solitary Cosworth badge is reserved for under the bonnet – apparently the lack of external insignia was to deter thieves – this Scorpio really does have the input of Wellingborough's most famous business. It was not just a trim level, which would be the modern way of doing things. Perhaps that doesn't make the asking price any less optimistic, but it's easier now to see the appeal than it has been previously. Or perhaps we've just been locked in our bedrooms for too long.


SPECIFICATION | FORD SCORPIO ULTIMA 24V

Engine: 2,935cc, V6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 207@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 207@4,500rpm
MPG: 26.2
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2001
Recorded mileage: 111,000
Price new: c. £25k
Yours for: £6,995

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