Lot 296 - 1981 12918 Capri 2.8 Litre Injection
|Odometer reading||113,000 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,936|
The Ford Capri was the Ford Mustang of Europe. A mind boggling array of options meant that the Capri could be whatever you wanted it to be; just like the Mustang. The Capri was, in fact, a far more varied animal than the Mustang with engines ranging from 1300cc to 3100cc as well as a myriad of trim specifications. The most popular engine was the 1600cc unit but the object of most desire, was the three litre. The Capri was released to the press on 24th January, 1969 at the Brussels Motor Show. There had previously been a press preview in Cyprus but Ford had requested that nothing about the new car be published until 24th January to coincide with the motor show. Surprisingly, this request was honoured and the Capri caused a sensation.
Supplied new by Currie Motors, Kingston on the first day of X-registration, this 2.8i is one of the very earliest surviving examples with the sought after four-speed gearbox and the very early two-tone black/grey facia and black headlining, distinctive Carla plaid Recaro seats and the iconic pepper-pot alloy wheels. It is also finished in what is considered to be the most desirable colour scheme, two-tone Forest Green over Crystal Green. Since 2001, the previous owner displayed the car on the classic car circuit until it was purchased by a private collector. This is a lovely example having benefitted from only mild restoration, and it is largely standard apart from a quality stainless-steel exhaust. The car sports an amazingly well presented interior, a top-tint windscreen, a face-off stereo and a hidden immobiliser switch. The car drives and sounds wonderfully well and the alloy wheels have been nicely refurbished. Powered by a V6, 160bhp engine, the 2.8i was capable of 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds. It has latterly been maintained by acknowledged Capri specialists 'Tickover'. These early four-speed cars are now the most sought after Capri's after the later Brooklands model and their build quality was notably better than the later cars. It is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT which expires in February 2015, some previous MoT's, and a DVLA supplied owner history.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.