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A Special Vehicle Orders pre-facelift Ford Capri Mk1 1600XL with 45,968 miles.
Safety glass all round, anti-burst locks, air extraction vents, bright metal ornamentation, bright metal window side mouldings, drip rail mouldings, water temperature gauge, warning lights for generator, oil, main beam and direction indicators, foot operated windscreen washer. Custom Plan XL Pack; Exterior dress up and interior refinement pack, reclining front bucket seats, individual contoured rear bench with fold down armrest, dipping rear view mirror, dual horns, handbrake warning lamps, additional courtesy lamp, twin reversing lamps, distinctive XL badging. Factory Special Vehicle Orders; Heavy duty suspension with towing pack (Option number 5217). Factory Options; Metallic paint, vinyl roof, servo-assisted brakes. Dealer Options; Mud flaps, sunroof, static front seat belts.
This wonderful pre-facelift Mk1 Capri 1600 features the factory ordered Custom Plan XL Pack and is finished in its original shade of Sapphire Blue Metallic, (Code 1), a factory cost option. The colour is simply stunning and presents well with a pleasing contrast against the factory ordered black vinyl roof, still original and chrome ornamentation. A historic repaint is showing some signs of aging but all bodywork and panels are absolutely solid with no crude repairs, as is the rock-solid underside that has never been welded or excess underseal applied. All trim sections are well preserved and entirely factory correct including the non-tapered dummy side vents, wider bumper overriders, Lucas headlamps and correct FoMoCo rear lenses shared with the Mk1 Escort. Originality seekers will delight at the dealer fitted number plates and the glass which is factory Triplex fitment as verified by the date dot system with exception of the windscreen which is a Triplex. A straight and unspoilt Capri in very desirable Mk1 pre-facelift form.
The interior of this super example is remarkable not only in condition but more so that it is completely original! The factory super grade vinyl seat coverings and door trim in Marquis colour scheme, (Code F A), are very well preserved and the loop pile carpeting has been protected superbly and is unworn. The dashboard and fascia are remarkable with no cracks and the wood finish to the fascia surrounding the correct two-pod instrument cluster is perfect. The original steering wheel with three spoke padded centre is a work of art in itself and remains in brilliant condition and all controls function including the two-speed fan. Observations worthy of mention include the headlining which although intact has slight discolouration to the edges.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The standard 1600cc Crossflow ‘Kent’ engine is the factory fitted unit and this car is verified as being a matching numbers example. Offering respectable capabilities, a top speed of 96mph and 0-60mph in 14 seconds is quoted. The clean engine bay displays the chassis number stamped into the nearside strut top clearly readable and factory build plate and body plate that have never been removed or painted over. Even better is the Special Vehicle Orders aluminium plate citing the Heavy-Duty suspension factory fitted to the car as specified by the first owner. The delicate bottom engine tray often lost after the first service remains fitted too. The engine runs and drives impeccably and has had a major service in February 2021. The crisp 4-speed gearbox is a delight.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Factory fitted to this XL model are the rare ‘slotted Rostyle’ wheels which according to the Capri Mk1 bible, (Factory Original Ford Capri Mk1 by James Taylor), were used by Ford sporadically and only for a brief period in the early 1970’s. Named so as they had a narrow slot between the main spokes as opposed to the far for common half-spoke, the wheels display the correct silver finish with black infills. All tyres including the spare are fitted with matching Goodyear Duragrip 165/80 R13 tyres with masses of tread. The optional servo assisted brakes with front discs and rear drums bring the car up straight and true and have been overhauled.
Built in December 1971 at Halewood and registered new on 1st January 1972 by Ford Main Agents, H.E. Nunn & Co Limited of Ipswich, this pre-facelift Mk1 Capri was ordered new by a Mr F.H. Last. Factory options were specified along with the Custom Plan XL Pack, and as Mr Last intended to tow his holiday Caravan, he stipulated the Heavy-Duty suspension and towing pack from Ford’s Factory Special Vehicle Orders department. This was only fitted to the 3 litre Capri models. Remarkably Mr Last owned the car for over 27 years until April 1999 when it was sold to a second short term owner. Between March 2000 and December 2015, the car was owned by husband and wife, Mr and Mrs Reeve, and it was only upon her husband’s passing in 2015 that Mrs Reeve decided she would sell the car, but the stipulation was that the Capri had to go to someone who would cherish it. Capri Mk1 Owners Club member, Terry Haynes, was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to buy this unique car and it has formed part of his collection ever since, sitting alongside his early 4-speed 2.8 Injection and concours Capri Laser. An avid Capri enthusiast, his passion and knowledge of these iconic cars is very impressive.
The history file is comprehensive with the dealer document wallet housing the handbooks, dealership point of sale literature, and even original service book. A further substantial file contains service invoices, maintenance receipts, previous MOT certificates and an original sales brochure for the pre-facelift Ford Capri range. Even the factory supplied CEM stamped ignition key, P.J stamped petrol cap key and FoMoCo door key remain with the car, a delight to sticklers for detail! This iconic, unspoilt and desirable Early Capri is very special.
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