The Capri Mk3 was referred to internally as ‘Project Carla’, and although little more than a substantial update of the Mk2, it was often referred to as the Mk3. The first cars were available in March 1978, but failed to halt a terminal decline in sales. The concept of a heavily facelifted Capri 2 was shown at the 1976 Geneva show: a Capri 2 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 Mk3 featured improved aerodynamics, leading to improved performance and economy over the Mk2 and the trademark quad headlamps were introduced.
At launch the existing engine and transmission combinations of the Capri 2 were carried over, with the 3.0 S model regarded as the most desirable model although in truth the softer, Ghia derivative with automatic rather than manual transmission the bigger seller of the two V6 engined models.
Rolling off the production shortly before the 3 litre model was replaced by the smaller 2.8 litre V6, this 1981 Capri 3.0 Ghia shows only two previous registered keepers, and 78,000 miles recorded, supported by a large history file.
Supplied with an MoT certificate valid to November 2018, and offered with No Reserve to the highest bidder, this is we feel an excellent basis for further restoration.