26th Jul, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 22

1986 Ford Capri 2.8i Special
Just 35,377 miles from new

Lot details

Registration No: C966 PRC
Chassis No: WF0CXXGAECFB66447
MOT: August 2023

  • Previously featured on Series 6 Episode 1 of ‘Fifth Gear’ driven by Vicki Butler-Henderson
  • Just 35,377 miles from new
  • Comprehensive history file

Ford's Capri was launched at the 1969 Brussels Motor Show. The Fastback Coupe was intended to do for Europe what the Mustang had done for the USA - i.e. it was our 'pony' car. The monocoque body featured independent front suspension by MacPherson strut and a live axle with leaf springs at the rear. Worthwhile improvements came with the MkII models of 1974 and the quadruple headlamp MkIII cars introduced in 1978. Debuting in 1984, the Ford Capri 2.8i Special boasted an enviable specification including a limited-slip differential, five-speed manual gearbox, seven-spoke alloy wheels, half-leather Recaro front seats and colour coded headlamp surrounds / mirrors. Weighing less than a modern hatchback and with some 160bhp / 163lbft of torque on tap courtesy of its 2792cc V6 engine, the four-seater Coupe was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 8.2 seconds and 126mph. Great fun to drive with engaging, rear-wheel drive handling, the 2.8i Special has long had a cult following. Interestingly, the website howmanyleft.com suggests that just 557 Capri Injection models registered during 1984 have survived to the present day.

‘C966 PRC’ was first delivered on 15 April 1986 to Sancliffe of Long Eaton, Nottingham. Presented in Paris Blue with Steel Grey interior, this Capri 2.8i Special would be in its first ownership for 10 months before returning to its supplying dealer. On 08 February 1987, the car would be sold to a Mr Findley, who had the car looked after by Sandcliffe over his 13 year ownership until he sold the car in the year 2000 at a mere 28,000 miles. Having been enjoyed by 5 other custodians in the meantime, this particular capri would grace TV screens in October 2004; being driven by Vicki Butler-Henderson in Series 6, Episode 1 of ‘Fifth Gear’ – ‘’The Jensen Button Racing Challenge’’.

Now having covered just 35,377 miles from new, ‘C966 PRC’ is offered for sale with an MOT valid until 30 August 2023 with no advisories. A comprehensive history file accompanies the car. Included within is the invoice for Mr Findley’s purchase from Sandcliffe Garage dated 08 February 1987, with a large collection of invoices dating back to 1989; a large proportion of those from the supplying dealer. A large collection of MOT certificates are present dating back to 1998, as well as the original Ford Service Plan booklet, with the most recent stamp just 2,250 miles ago in February 2006.

As well as the Ford Service Plan, a number of additional booklets are also present including the Capri Operating Guide, Ford Audio Guide, Ford Motorists Guide and the original Owner’s Handbook, Ford accessories booklet with Motorcraft flyer and Ford UK Dealer’s leaflet. A Ford Capri II Haynes workshop manual is also present with some capri literature, further sundry documentation and interestingly a tape copy of the episode of ‘Fifth Gear’ the car featured in. Finally, the V5C document is included which displays 6 former keepers.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  



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Tuesday 25th July 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th July 2023 from 9am

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