Youngtimer: This Ford Sierra loosely depends on many new cars

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This retiree sierra easily hangs out from a lot of new cars

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“It should look like a pensioner slinging!” Says Klaus Kucharczyk about his old Ford Sierra. The youngtimer has it all under the hood

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Anyone who thinks that Klaus Kucharczyk’s Ford Sierra is a lame retirees’ box will experience its blue miracle. The concentrated Cosworth power of the Scorpio 24V is hidden under the honest exterior.

D.he crocheted toilet paper roll on the hat shelf, the piey-brown fabric seats from the previous century: With Klaus Kucharczyk’s Ford Sierra, you could think he was driving his grandparents’ car for a walk.

In fact, the Berliner once borrowed a lot of money from his grandmother in order to be able to buy the inconspicuous limousine in Bordeux red metallic, built in 1990, at all. Such a “pensioner thrower” is just what he wanted, says Kucharczyk and laughs.

But you shouldn’t be fooled by the supposedly bland exterior of the car. Because the philistine accessories on the hat shelf are purely fake. The plain steel rims with hubcaps and the lame interior only serve as a camouflage, so to speak.

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Dreary steel rims with hubcaps, the paintwork meticulously polished: From the outside, the Ford Sierra actually looks like a pensioner’s car

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In truth, this Sierra has it all under the hood: Kucharczyk planted a 2.9 liter Cosworth engine there, which Ford built into the Scorpio 24V in the early 1990s.

Even the Scorpio was by no means quiet with the potent four-valve six-cylinder. "The Sierra is even faster and better to start because it is lighter," explains old Ford fan Kucharczyk.

The DOHC engine delivers a powerful 195 hp, which accelerated the Scorpio to a top speed of 225 km / h. When Klaus Kucharczyk recently put his Sierra to the acid test on the autobahn made, his GPS showed 236 km / h, as the 35-year-old proudly reports.

His first car was a Ford Sierra

If grandma only knew! Well, Kucharczyk’s power youngtimer was actually once a relatively inconspicuous fellow. It has been 17 years since the car mechanic bought the Sierra from a pensioner from Wuppertal. Kucharczyk, who comes from near Ludwigslust, was just 18 years old at the time.

At that time there was no Cosworth unit under the hood, but a 2.9i 12V, with 145 HP certainly not underpowered for a novice driver. In addition, the mileage of 65,000 kilometers and the completely rust-free condition of the body attracted the young Ford fan to the Bergisches Land.

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The number combination 624 also makes sense: 6 stands for the number of cylinders, 24 for the valves

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Kucharczyk promptly took the posh pensioner car with him. But then he parked the Sierra in the garage for a long time. "When I was 18, I just had no money."

His very first car was a Ford Sierra. “And the car had to go through a lot,” recalls Kucharczyk. The first Sierra had 120 hp under the hood. There were also manual transmissions and rear-wheel drive – ideal conditions for a youngster who wants to learn to drive a car. “I drifted endlessly with that,” recalls Kucharczyk. His original Sierra lasted until 2007, then a Ford Scorpio followed.

The "retirees thrower" has been lowered

He bought the second Sierra from Wuppertal shortly after the first, but financial constraints and too little time for screwing meant that the car was dismantled for a long time and hardly touched in the screwdriver hall. But at some point there was more money and more leisure available, and Kucharczyk began to extensively rebuild his Sierra according to his own ideas.

His most important intervention was the engine compartment. The original engine came out and was replaced by the 2.9i Cosworth from a slaughtered Scorpio 24V. This made a larger brake system necessary and this in turn required a conversion from 14-inch to larger 15-inch Scorpio.

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The beige interior looks puffy, but was carefully selected by Kucharczyk to consolidate the understated look

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In addition, Kucharczyk lowered his “retirees thrower” discreetly. The mousy gray interior came out and a light brown one came in. In the course of this, Kucharczyk also replaced the electric window lifters with mechanical crank windows.

“I think it goes with the old car,” he says. His 90s Sierra is a fine Ghia, the extras include ABS, windshield heating, sunroof and the then very rare air conditioning system that still works today.

Relaxed cruising with the four-speed automatic

It was only in autumn 2017 that Klaus Kucharczyk first registered his Super-Sierra in a pensioner look – after 16 years of stagnation and a lot of renovation work. The attention to detail extended to the retrofitted cruise control or chrome-plated door handles on the Ford Granada – because the original ones on the Sierra were just made of plastic.

“The Sierra was just a consumption car,” says Kucharczyk. What did not rust away was worn out. Many copies then fell victim to the G-Kat obligation and the scrapping premium. It’s actually a shame, because the Sierra is the last middle class-Ford with classic rear-wheel drive. In 1993 he was dropped from the front-wheel drive Mondeo.

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With the four-speed automatic, the 24V can be cruised wonderfully, Kucharczyk only drifts no longer harming himself and his oldie

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The reactions to Kucharczyk’s Sierra have been mostly positive. Even if cars in their original condition are preferred by many classic fans – the 24V conversion of the Berlin-based car is met with a lot of goodwill even in the Ford scene.

"Has something, original on the outside and then a surprise," says a member of the "Ford Alt-Blech Freunde" fan group. And another is happy: "How fun must it be to annoy all the TDI hectic people with it!"

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You shouldn’t be fooled by the philistine accessories on the hat shelf before the traffic light race

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Yes, the TDI hectic people. Klaus Kucharczyk, however, does not allow himself to be provoked into races at traffic lights. He prefers to cruise relaxed through the capital in his old Sierra, because his fine Ghia is an automatic.

Wild drifting with manual transmission, that was once upon a time. In this respect, crocheted toilet paper rolls and philistine hats fit quite well behind the back seats. Klaus Kucharczyk is no longer 18.

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The fine Ghia equipment includes extras such as ABS, windshield heating, sunroof and air conditioning, which was very rare at the time

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“BOA” is on the license plate – that was the code name for the 2.9i Cosworth engine that Ford built into the Ford Scorpio 24 V in the early 1990s

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After the long renovation phase, he is currently still collecting "Kilometers of experience", says Klaus Kucharczyk. He has put a fire extinguisher in the car for unforeseen complicationsgt

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There are just 71,000 kilometers on the clock. This means that the car is practically only run in

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7 thoughts on “Youngtimer: This Ford Sierra loosely depends on many new cars”

  1. Much more interesting than this Ford Sierra and totally underestimated is an Opel from 1991. The Omega Lotus from Opel with 377 hp and outwardly hardly distinguishable from the normal Omega. This even makes it possible to loosely hang up some sporty cars.

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  2. The Lotus Omega looked a bit different, just because of the wheel arches that were put on, the Evo 500 already has more similarities. In addition, you could buy the model like this. What this gentleman has built there could be compared more with an Astra, which was equipped with a turbo engine from the Calibra. Of course there are faster cars, but the focus here is on the conversion and to keep the standard optics as far as possible. Nevertheless, the Lotus Omega is a dream car for me too, especially because 15 years ago I owned my little brother, a 3000 24v.

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  3. Without wanting to talk down about the conversions …. The 195 hp from the 90s are unfortunately not comparable with those that a current engine can do. It’s sure to be a great box in which the speed feels twice as fast. But it will hardly be able to drive away from an average 150PS turbodiesel.
    Btw: I am "back then" also rode 3 (or was it 4?) Sierras. They were all solid cars that were always cheap.

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  4. But has a lot of torque for a gasoline engine. 275Nm, but only at 4500 revolutions. It would probably work better with gear shifting.

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  5. hmm fuel gauge 60 liters. Is it enough for 500 km? Yes the bad TDI. My TDI needs 4.5 liters / 100 with caution. 6.5l in turbo mode 🙂
    Can you understand the hobby. Especially as a mechanic who does everything himself. It’s not far to H approval. Have fun with the car.

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