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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 9th March 2013 Car - 09/03/2013 / 1979 Ford Capri Mk. III 1.6 GL *WITHDRAWN* / Lot 290
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. But 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, in all variants from the 1969 Mk.I to the 1981 3.0S and latterly, the 2.8. The Capri was ready for a special preview in Bonn, Germany on 21st January, 1969, and then went on to be released to the press on 24th January, 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 show. Surprisingly, this request was honoured and the Capri caused a sensation at the Motor Show. The model would stay in production for 18 years, from 1969 to 1987. This stunning Mk.III 1.6L GL has only had one driver from new; purchased as a company car in October 1979 for a Mr. James Golledge. Mr. Golledge left the firm about ten years later and purchased the Capri from the company after completing 57,000 miles. He was then fortunate enough to move straight into another position which gave him a new company car. The Capri was 'temporarily' garaged, put onto blocks to save the tyres and there it stayed for more than 20 years. Eventually the garage space was needed and the Ford was put outside for a few more years. In early 2011 a garage proprietor was looking for a project for his son and knew of the Ford Capri being basically a low mileage and sound car but requiring attention. It was not the intention to carry out a complete rebuild but in the end, standing before them was a bare body shell. This was then completely stripped of all the paint top and bottom and then prepared and re-painted to the highest of standards in the original colour of white. When it became time to carry out the 'fitting up' of the car, many of the original fixings as possible were used after they had been restored. All the mechanical components were stripped, cleaned and repainted before fitting. The engine was completely overhauled and the vinyl roof was made and fitted by an ex-Ford employee using the correct materials. The brown front seats and door trims are original, and a perfect dash board and rear seats were acquired as the old ones had suffered from sun damage. This beautiful Ford Capri is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2013, the original handbook and warranty and a file containing all the invoices for the parts relating to the restoration. The son has moved away which has meant that other than being on display in a Ford dealership showroom, the car has only been driven a couple of hundred miles since the restoration. Whoever is lucky enough to purchase this Ford Capri, would probably walk away with any concours prize they cared to contest!