Lot 56 (Chateau Impney, 7th December 2016)
Registration No: E270UYD
Chassis No: WF0CXXGAECGG11468
Mot Expiry: Jan 2018
- Understood to have covered c.57,500 miles from new (but showing c.33,000)
- Reportedly in 'well cared for' and 'original, unrestored condition'
- Highly collectible (1 of 1,038 made) and MOT'd till Nov 2017
Ford billed the Capri as 'The car you always promised yourself' and, happily for the Blue Oval, some 1.9 million customers agreed and bought one during the production years of 1974 to 1986. Worthwhile improvements came with the 1974 MKII models and the 1978 quadruple headlamp MKIII cars. Then in 1981 the 3-litre Essex-engined variants were dropped in favour of a new 2.8 Injection version. Power rose to 160bhp and torque to 162 lb ft, giving Ford a stylish four-seat Coupe with performance capable of shaming rivals of four times the cost. The original plan for the run-out of this European 'pony car' was to build 500 turbo examples with the assistance of independent specialist Turbo Technics. However, that didn't square with the 1,038 chassis still needing homes, so the ultimate decision was to christen them 'Capri 280' and equip each one with Brooklands Green paintwork, Red-piped Raven Black interior trim and 15inch alloy seven-spoke wheels. Around 10 percent of purchasers opted for the turbo conversion, while the remaining cars were normally aspirated. Even in unturbocharged form the performance was brisk, with 60mph available in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 130mph.
People who purchase Brooklands Capris tend to acknowledge them as something pretty special and treat them accordingly, so most remaining specimens are in pretty good order. That would certainly seem to be the case with 'E270 UYD', which has had six owners from new but is in clearly splendid unrestored condition, such that the vendor presently classes the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and transmission as being in 'excellent' condition. This fine Ford is now being offered complete with paperwork in support of the total mileage travelled, which stands at c.57,500. With Capri prices rising rapidly, this could be an example well worth squirrelling away for the future.
Photographs copyright Phil Burdge