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This model is the Trofeu Ford Sierra Cosworth in black with Texaco racing livery as driven in the Lombard RAC Rally 1987 as car #3 by Stig Blomqvist and Bruno Berglund (they came second).
The car has no opening parts. The exterior detail is mainly cast into the body casting but the model is supplied with a rear aerofoil, windscreen wiper and two mirrors for the collector to apply. The front bumper is overlaid with red "Texaco" sponsor's waterslide decals. Above this sits the grille and either side, the clear headlight lenses which are exposed rather than being covered. The whole bonnet is covered with "Texaco" logos together with the racing number "3" on the Lombard RAC Rally logo. The "Texaco" and "Ford" sponsorship also appears at the top of the front windscreen. The sides are also covered with sponsorship logos including the "Pirelli", "Garrett Turbo", "Ford Motorcraft" logos and the racing number "39". At the rear the indicators and rear lights are highlighted by the use of decals in orange, red and white, the bumper carries "Pirelli", the aerofoil carries "Texaco" and the boot carries "Texaco" and "Ford". The model also sports front and rear numberplates [D935 U00] in black lettering on a white background.
The interior is all black plastic with a left hand drive, black plastic steering wheel inserted into the dashboard (instrument panel). The model has Two bucket style seats at the front and no rear seat. There are no roll bars or safety cage, but there is a spare wheel and silver Fire Extinguisher in the rear compartment. The glazing is clear all round.
All wheels are of a "speed wheel" type - one piece plastic with a "chromed" simulated wire spoke hub in the center and separate "rubber" tyres.
The base plate is black plastic and is marked at the centre top with the [Ford] badge followed by "Sierra RS Cosworth" on two lines and trofeu and "Made in Portugal" on two lines at the centre bottom. Trofeu appears at the front, forward of and parallel to the front axle and "1/43" appears just behind the axle. At the very rear the base is cast with "ref. 0188". The base has no other molded detail. It is held in place by a single front self tapping screw and rear body lug.
I do not know when this model was issued but suspect it was issued circa 1988. Its scale is said to be 1:43.