The Sierra was a good rally car on paper, particularly on asphalt but it was not reliable enough and a lack of 4wd for gravel rallies left it hampered and also up against the all-conquering Lancia Deltas. It gained only 1 international win on the Tour de Corse rally in 1988 but came close on several other occassions. It had many sponsors during its rally career.
This Ford Sierra came 3rd place overall in the 1991 Rally Monte Carlo driven by Francois Delacour and co driver Anne - Chantal Pauwels.
Diecast by IXO, I got this lose without base and has its visor sticker torn.
A little history about these mini giants... they where introduced in October 1961 with a 997cc engine that generates 55hp, front disc brakes, twin carburetors, modified camshafts and exhaust headers.
The Mini Cooper Rally versions with a much powerful engine at 1071cc with an output of 70hp and later was even more improved at 1275cc with an output of 78hp that dominated the 1964, 1965, 1966 and with the #177 cooper of Rauno Aaltonen bagged the Rally Monte Carlo Championships.
This #177 Mini Cooper S 1967 Rally Monte Carlo diecast was made by M-Smart in 1:43 scale.
The 10th API Rally Australia started on 30 October at Perth with a total distance of 1526.89km with 421.42km over 24 special stages. Tommi Makinen and co driver Seppo Harjanne took second place overall with a total time of 4:05.37.