Lot 117 - 1968 Ford Capri 1.6 GT Mk. I

Lot 117 - 1968 Ford Capri 1.6 GT Mk. I

Lot 117 - 1968 Ford Capri 1.6 GT Mk. I

Lot Number 117
Registration EHJ 870H
Chassis Number KB89482
Engine Number CA8959X
Odometer reading 28,220 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £16,000
Result Sold - £13,440

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 powerplant was the 1600cc straight six Kent engine. The Capri was released to the press on 24th January 1969 at the Brussels Motor Show. The Capri caused a sensation and would stay in production for 18 years, 1969 to 1987.

This Mk. I Capri was imported from South Africa and presents well in Amber Gold with a contrasting black vinyl interior. We are informed that this Capri benefitted from an earlier restoration in 2014 by the son of the man who originally purchased the car. The looks of this Capri are complemented by some impressive mechanical upgrades to its original engine, which include high compression pistons, a fast road camshaft, a ported cylinder head and a four-branch exhaust manifold. The engine fired up on demand and sounds fantastic. The drive is through a five-speed Sierra gearbox conversion and we are told it is very good. As collectables in the classic car market place, interest in the Ford Capri, in all guises, has recently climbed strongly. This classic is presented with a V5C registration document,a detailed account of the restoration, its original stamped service book, some original advertising material and offered with a sensible estimate.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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