Weekend Edition: On the Ford P100 "Euromaster"

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Some of the things I dislike on my Ford Sierra are the trucklike handling, slow steering, long-throw gearshift and unrefined engine, along with the utilitarian controls. These are ill-fitted on a passenger car such as the humble Sierra of yours truly, but on a truck they fit the picture, as expected. What, then, a more suitable vehicle than a pickup truck that bears the face of a Ford Sierra?
The Ford P100 has been the name tag for the earlier, Cortina/Taunus based pickup, ute or a bakkie, whatever you would want to call it. The “Sierrachero” here was the appearance for the 1987-on P100, but it’s somewhat removed from an actual Sierra.

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It’s a slightly twisted train of thought: I don’t really care for my Sierra, as it sits. I don’t have much use for it, except as a winterbeater and wagon-like hauler, as the rear seat neatly folds. But since there’s rarely anyone on the back seat, the thing might as well be a pickup truck.
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I wouldn’t have much use for my existing tires, though, as the 4×108 wheels won’t fit the truck hubs here.
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Leaf sprung, as expected, and with a proper frame. The rear axle is from a contemporary Transit.
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Still, there’s plenty of Sierra up front. I wonder, if the door cards from a saloon Sierra swap over.
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Euro… master of puppets? Euromastermind? It’s a slightly shoddy nameplate, but the P100 was Portuquese-built.
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I love the paintjob on this truck, by the way. It was no more shiny than the jeans I was wearing.
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The engine here is the two-litre Pinto unit, carbed, with 77 horsepower. It’s probably even less of a ball of fire than the 79-horse 1.6 CVH on my car. You could also get a 1.8-litre turbodiesel, if you needed one of those instead of a petrol engine.
This 1991 example has only done 138 000 km, and it’s probably one of the tidiest P100:s I’ve seen in ages. It appears honest and solid, and while the near-2000 euro price tag isn’t really cheap, the truck probably offers a lot of value for it. I would let this one look exactly the way it does, as it looks like someone’s grandfather’s old workhorse.

0 Comments

  1. I like these and Peugeot 504 pickups a lot. Solid workhorses devoid of pretense, although a custom 504 with US headlights bucket seats, a 505 turbodiesel and a Dangel 4×4 kit would be awesome.

  2. I would own this if I could. Australians could not buy Euro-built commercial vehicles until about 18 years ago…..with the exception of the VW Transporter, which must have cheated the system somehow. We had some crazy import regulations back then. Nowadays, it’d be nice to have at least SOME import restrictions….but I digress.

  3. Me want.
    That does not look like a “proper frame” it looks like standard unibody fare. If you look closely you see a flange where the flat piece of sheet metal is spot welded to the piece of sheetmetal that has been formed into a hat shape.
    I’m also thinking that the rear axle is not the exact unit used in a Transit as it would be too wide for this application but it is probably from the same axle family just with shorter tubes and axle shafts.

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