The Ford Capri was designed to be 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 engine was the 1600cc unit, but the object of most desire was the three litre version, which was available from 1969 Mk.I to the 1981 as the 3.0S and then latterly, the 2.8. The Capri was ready for a special preview in Bonn on 21st January, 1969. It then went on to be released to the press and public at the Brussels Motor Show on 24th January. There had previously been a press preview in Cyprus but Ford had requested that nothing about the new car would be published until 24th January to coincide with the Motor Show. Surprisingly, this request was honoured and the Capri caused a sensation at the Show. The model would stay in production for 18 years, 1969 to 1987.
This extremely rare and super-desirable 1979 3.0S variant with manual gearbox must be one of the finest and most coveted examples in recent memory. Showing fewer than 14,000 miles on the speedometer, this is a well-known car from Northern Ireland where it has been cherished by its enthusiastic owner. The star of a number of concours lawns, this Venetian Red Coupe with Carla check interior is a sight to behold. In a letter from August 2013 accompanying the car, Alan Gourley, the President of the Northern Ireland branch of the Capri Club International makes the following observations of this car; ‘Exterior condition is excellent in every way, "as-new" condition, 100% rust free with no dents or scratches. The interior is again "as-new" with no rips, tears or burns to the upholstery or trim. Mechanically, the engine and running gear are first class and in immaculate working condition.'
The recipient of a restoration by Norfolk based Capri Specialist around the year 2000, this car was again refurbished by the owner in February 2012 to original factory condition. As you can see, this is a very special car supplied with history file, V5C and accompanying engineers report.