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A fabulous limited-edition Ford Capri 280 Brooklands build 353 with 50,332 miles.
Body-coloured grille, lamp bezels and door mirrors, bodyside mouldings, power assisted steering, front and rear spoilers, tailgate wash/wipe, tinted glass all round, tilting steel sunroof, ammeter and oil pressure gauge, tachometer, quartz analogue clock, Ford ESRT 32PS electronic radio cassette, courtesy lights, perforated black headlining, three-spoke leather covered steering wheel, leather gear knob, 50/50 split folding rear seats, boot light, instrument brightness control. Dealer accessories; Capri 280 Brooklands over mats.
An instant classic the moment it rolled off the production line this limited-edition Capri 280 is finished in the only exclusive colour available, Brooklands Green Metallic, (Code T7), and has a superb finish having undergone a full professional restoration in 2010. All exterior trim items and bright decals are in excellent order and originality seekers will be pleased to see all factory fitted headlights, lenses and clusters as well as the original Securit glass dot dated 1986. Common areas of wear include the door top weather strips and sunroof aperture, all perfect in this car. The removal the aerial, a common rust trap, has been made. A gorgeous example of this iconic limited edition Fast Ford.
The interior is distinguished by Recaro sports seats fully trimmed with luxurious, high quality Raven leather with Burgundy piping, (Code SS). Full structural integrity is clearly visible with only minor wear to the driver’s bolster. The deep pile grey carpeting is plump and unworn having been protected by Capri 280 tailored carpet mats and the black perforated headlining is tight, clean and fully intact. The leather covered steering wheel and gear knob are in excellent condition commensurate with the low miles covered. Amazingly there are absolutely no cracks to the dash and the dials, switches and controls are brilliantly clear. All controls and gauges function including the two-speed heater fan, analogue quartz clock and Ford electronic radio cassette player. The rear parcel-shelf is a replacement item and is straight and uncut. The boot area is clean and factory build stickers are still affixed to the boot floor. Exactly true to the manufactures intentions and an 80’s icon sought-after by many.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Capri 2.8i was entrusted to Fords Special Vehicle Engineering group, (SVE), who added a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system, an oil/water heat exchanger, viscous coupled fan and an improved radiator making this models 158 BHP capable of 130mph and 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds. The engine is smooth and quiet whilst producing an unmistakable burble through a period Janspeed stainless exhaust. Correct factory under bonnet identification plates are intact with the ‘Brooklands’ inscription clearly visible. Exhibitionists will be proud to lift the bonnet for spectators to marvel at. The 5-speed gearbox is light and progression through the gears is precise.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This 280 Capri is fitted with the factory correct and unique 7-spoke 7X15 inch alloy wheels in excellent condition. Brand new Dunlop SportBluResponse 195/50 R15 tyres have been fitted in July 2021 and the spare wheel is present but has some damage. The hydraulic dual-line servo-assisted brakes with ventilated front discs unique on the 2.8i stop the car quickly and in a straight line.
Coveted by collectors the limited-edition Capri 280 is the most difficult ‘car you promised yourself’ as only 1038 were produced to celebrate the last of a famous line. GG11211 is build number 353 and has covered just 50,332 documented miles from new. Registered on the 31st March 1987 the car was supplied by Ford Main Dealer, John Grose of Ipswich. The original tax disc holder is still in the document wallet along with the original service book, operating guides and manuals. A large history file is neatly organised chronologically and begins with a letter dated May 1987 from John Grose Ford to the first owner, Mrs Betty Tax, apologising for incorrectly registering the car in a Mr Brown’s name! Including the incorrectly registered first keeper, this example has only has five former keepers from new. The file of invoices and service checklists date back to the very first interim service and MOT certificates date back to the first in 1990! The previous owner, Mr Mead, purchased the car in 2006 and in 2010 he commissioned respected professionals, Restore-A-Ford to undertake a full restoration at significant expense, the invoices for which are also in the history file. Photos to prove how sound and original the car was prior to any work exist and the owners quest for perfection created a double edged sword, a visually stunning car that he was too precious to drive anywhere. The decision to sell after 15 years was a difficult one but now presents a new owner with a fantastic opportunity.
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