£2,124

Auction Autosport, NEC January 2015

Lot Details

Lot Number 105
Reg. Number UK Registered
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Year 1983
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Description

The Capri Mk III was referred to internally as “Project Carla”, and although little more than a substantial update of the Capri II, it was often referred to as the Mk III. The first cars were available in March 1978, but failed to halt a terminal decline in sales. The concept of a heavily facelifted Capri II was shown at the 1976 Geneva show: a Capri II with a front very similar to the Escort RS2000 (with four headlamps and black slatted grille), and with a rear spoiler, essentially previewed the model some time before launch.

The Capri 2.8 Injection breathed new life into the range and kept the car in production 2–3 years longer than Ford had planned. The four-speed gearbox was replaced with a five-speed unit early on – at the same time Ford swapped the dated looking chequered seats for more luxurious looking velour trim

This particular car was used at Brands Hatch for the Coys Festival as the car for parading winners with their wreaths around circuit post race. It was a tribute to a long tradition of acknowledging successful competitors in a “ gladiatorial” tradition.


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