1981 (W) Ford Capri S - Stunning Restored Example
- Mileage:82,000 miles
- Fuel Type:Petrol
- Engine Size:3.0L
- BHP:138 bhp
- Torque:174 ft-lb
This Capri can only be described as "wow", it is in mesmerising condition and is a credit to its previous owners, this 3.0S has been part of a significant Ford collection and has even caught the eye Corgi who have reproduced this exact car as a die cast model.
The Ford Capri made its sensational debut at the 1969 Brussels International Motor Show, although production at the Halewood plant in Liverpool had actually begun two months earlier to ensure that every UK dealer had at least one in its showroom by the time sales started in February 1970. This level of forward production ensured that Ford's brilliant young marketing team were able to leave examples of its new model parked outside prominent buildings and near the entrance to 150 railway stations in the south-east of England. Initial sales exceeded the predicted demand by 100%, mainly because the Capri created an exciting new style of car on this side of the Atlantic. Here, at last, was a sleek, eye-catching 'fastback' that bridged the gap between the traditional two-seater sports car and the family saloon. The Capri concept was made all the more attractive by a remarkably wide choice of engines from a 1.3-litre to the lusty 3.0-litre V6.
As exciting as the Mkll was rational, the Capri Mklll (1978-1986) was one of the industry's most effective facelifts with a distinctly modern shape, and its improved aerodynamics naturally resulted in better performance and economy. Quad headlights, wrap-around bumpers and a plethora of TV star appearances (particularly Bodie and Doyle in their 3.0S) restored the Capri's 'mojo'.
At launch, the existing engine and transmission combinations of the Capri II were carried over and the biggest seller eventually turned out to be the luxurious Ghia, however, the 3.0S was generally regarded amongst enthusiasts as the most desirable.
The Capri 3.0S seen here was first registered on the 18th of February 1981, the final year of manufacture of the 3.0S. It's finished in its original, very stylish and rare, Graphite Grey and this colour was only available on the 3.0S and even then only for 9 months in 1981. The car retains its original shell with genuine Ford wings and all the other panels are original and, the vendor informs us, rust free. He has also been happy to confirm that "the bodywork is in superb condition the paintwork is excellent including the engine bay, underside of the bonnet and underneath the car". Happily the original engine is still with the car and remains in excellent condition with good power as does the standard 4-speed Capri gearbox. The interior is unmarked and original in striking 'Carla Check Fishnet' and black vinyl, and the factory steel sunroof works perfectly.
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- Mileage82,000 miles
- Fuel TypePetrol
- Engine Size3.0L
- BHP138 bhp
- Torque174 ft-lb
- Body TypeHatchback
- ColourGraphite Grey
- Interior TrimCarla Check Sports Seats
- Year1981 (W)
- Height1,360 mm
- Length4,375 mm
- Width1,700 mm
- Engine and Drivetrain
- Driven AxleRWD
- Engine Capacity2,994 cc
- Steering WheelRHD
- BHP138 bhp
- Torque174 ft-lb
- Weight and Capacities