Something Rotten in Denmark: 1984 Ford Sierra van

Recently I posted a photo of an Audi Q7 wearing commercial registration plates. Today´s car is more like the kind of vehicle that these plates were intended for. It´s a 1984 Ford Sierra van.

1984 Ford Sierra 1.6 van.
1984 Ford Sierra 1.6 van.

That means it has no rear seats. The vehicle´s details are written on the side, in front of the door, indicating the car´s gross vehicle weight, for example. The car has the older-style full yellow plates. The new ones have an area on the white license plate marked in yellow. This car is looking a bit rough and there are no interior photos, alas. What I don´t know is if one can restore the seats and turn it back into a handy banger for short-term use. If you are interested it can be found at Sloth´s Auto in Solrod Strand, south of Copenhagen. The price is €390, which includes MOT until September. I do rather like the front end of this car and you don´t see the estate versions these days.

I have found a few more curiosities from the period before 1990 and I will take a look at those in due course.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

4 thoughts on “Something Rotten in Denmark: 1984 Ford Sierra van”

  1. Never particularly liked Fords, but this is my kind of car for sure! Have to correct you on the number plates though, the yellow-white plates (“papegøjeplader”) are for mixed private- commercial use.

  2. Hi: thanks for that. I thought it was the new version of the concept. Either way, the idea sucks. I just don´t see why someone who can afford to pay €60,000 for a Porsche on yellow plates needs a tax cut. If image matters, get a saloon and if they need to haul stuff get a Transit or a Sprinter. The person who gets a €60,000 has avoided paying the salary of a nurse or a daycare person. A further refinement is that the yellow plates should only apply to cars up to a certain price. Nobody needs a 190 kmph “van”.

  3. Possibly if they issued them subject to an 80 kph limit that would put off Cayenne owners. Still, it’s a useful indicator of character. If someone turns up at your workplace with yellow plates on a rather expensive car it’s a bit like wearing a T-shirt saying “I am a self-indulgent yet penny-pinching git, and I will likely shaft you the first chance I get, just because I can”

  4. In addition to my previous comment: privately used (so without the commercial component) vans are also allowed to carry the yellow-white plates, as I understand it tax reductions are a bit less but still significant enough.

    I agree these rules are completely ridiculous.

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