Lot 71 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £30,375
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: T.B.A.
Chassis No: BBECMS13028
Mot Expiry: March 2020
- Only 1 former keeper
- Warranted 38000 miles
- Every MOT certificate since 1974 and tax disc from 1972
Ford's Capri was launched at the 1969 Brussels Motorshow. The fastback Coupe was intended to do for Europe what the Mustang had for the USA - ie it was our 'pony' car, and would have been called Colt had Mitsubishi not bagged the name first. The monocoque body featured independent front suspension by MacPherson strut, and live axle with leaf springs at the rear. Braking was by discs/drums and the steering by rack and pinion. The newcomer was offered with a generous choice of engines. Initially these comprised the four-cylinder Kent unit in 1,300 and 1,600cc forms, plus the 2,000cc V4 Essex unit ( examples of which are now very rare). By September a version powered by the 136bhp, 3,000cc V6 Essex unit had been added to the line-up. Gearboxes, like the engines, tended to be common to the Cortina, and were slick four-speed manual units for the smaller-engined cars, with the option of a three-speed automatic one for use with the bigger engines. True to type, Ford also offered the Capri in numerous levels of trim/specification - GT, E, L, X, XL, GXL, XLR etc. Immortalised by the TV detective series 'The Professionals', the Capri has a special place in many a car enthusiast's heart. MKI production ran from 1969 to 1974.
The apparently pristine 3000 GXL on offer may well be the finest currently available. Finished in the eye-catching livery of Orange paintwork and Black Everflex roof, it is trimmed in Black/Grey cloth and rides on period correct alloy wheels, while an original Tricentrol dealer sticker adorns the back window. This time warp example of 'the car you always promised yourself' has travelled just 38,000 warranted miles from new and had just one former keeper. It comes with the original log book, every MOT since 1974 and one valid into March 2020. A rare opportuniuty.