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An Ex-Management Ford Capri 3.0S family owned since 1981 and 42,543 miles.
Overiders, ‘S’ bodyside tape stripe, passenger door mirror, black rear spoiler, black louvred grille, tailgate wash/wipe, halogen headlamps, integral front spoiler, integral rear fog lamp, sports gearshift knob, rear package tray, quartz clock, trip meter, tachometer, ammeter, oil pressure gauge, handbrake warning light, heated rear window, aeroflow face level vents, two-speed heater, instrument rheostat, courtesy light. Factory Options; Steel tilting/sliding sunroof, tinted glass, headlamp pressure jet wash, opening rear quarter vents, Recaro sports seats, inertia reel rear seat belts, Ford turnolock stereo radio cassette.
Interior: RS 4-spoke steering wheel, Luke front harnesses, Pioneer graphic equalizer booster with Pioneer cross-axial speakers, bolted 12-point Safety Devices cage. Engine: 3x Weber 42DCNF Downdraft Carburettors with K&N filters, Filter King pressure regulator, Ford RS port machined manifold, Facet Red Top pump, Luminition Electronic Ignition Module. Ported, polished and skimmed Ford D-port cylinder heads fitted with GRP 1 valves, double valve springs with modified valve tops, Oselli FV9 camshaft, open window type tappets, original numbers Oselli Performance Engineering 230S bored and honed block to 3090cc, Hepolite Powermax pistons, Ford GRP 1 polished and shot-peened Rods with uprated ARP rod bolts and fitted with VP Vandervell, (now Mahle) heavy duty Big End bearings, cross-drilled double-doweled to flywheel nitrided polished crankshaft, VP Vandervell heavy duty Race Main bearings, AP Competition Clutch and Cover, Hi-Volume/Hi Pressure competition oil pump driven by an uprated, hardened hexagonal driveshaft, Serck 13-row oil cooler with Mocal thermostat, uprated radiator core, Group A-spec side exhaust. Front Suspension: Leda uprated, wedged 3.0 adjustable platform dampers, 450lb 2.25” springs and Ford roller top mounts, 24mm (2.8 inj) front anti-rollbar, Ford RS bushes, relocated front track control arms. Rear Suspension: Re-cambered, (-2.5”) 122lb multi leaf springs, Ford RS bushes, staggered Ford RS Bilstein gas shock absorbers, 12mm (3.0 Sport) rear anti-rollbar, uprated side gears and half-shafts.
This incredible Ford Capri 3.0S is finished in perfect Strato Silver, (Code V6), and is immaculately presented in all areas including the underside thanks to a total bare metal repaint by the Fulbridge Carriage Company, Maldon, Essex in 1992. The owner since 1983 striving for concours perfection with photos revealing how clean the car was prior to any work and amazingly, all original panels! 1993 Car of the Show at Ford Fair Stanford Hall with the award presented by Andy Rouse and Paul Radisich is a testament to how outstanding the car was and importantly, still is. Prepare to be amazed!
This iconic machines interior is a bombardment to the senses with rare optional Recaro seats in the Chocolate Carla and Savannah fabric with Fishnet headrests all perfect. All controls and gauges fully function including the two-speed heater fan, analogue quartz clock and optional stereo radio cassette with upgraded period Pioneer speakers and discreet glovebox mounted graphic equalizer booster. The dash top has no cracks and the deep pile carpeting is spotless. The neatly integrated Safety Devices roll cage is reassurance for such a fast powerful RWD car. The boot area is factory fresh.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Astonishing not only in appearance and specification but performance too! Built by a Ford Motor Company Automotive Design Engineer with incredible knowledge, passion, experience and no expense spared! This range-topping matching numbers Essex 3.1 V6 produces over 230bhp @6500rpms sounds immense but is completely docile and tractable even in traffic. The attention to detail is reassuring as this example has not only won outright titles at Ford Concours with all original parts and RS upgrades, but was a lap record holder for Brands Hatch (Indy Circuit) in the road going saloon category at 57.5 seconds! The 4-speed manual gearbox is light and precise with an uprated AP competition clutch.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Unmarked 7” x 13 Ford RS (Ronal) 4-spoke alloy wheels are shod with brand new Dunlop Sport Classic 205/60 VR16 tyres other than the spare which is still the original Goodyear Eagle NCT 60 item. Solid front discs, Ford Ate 3.0 callipers fitted with Ferodo DS11 pad material and Ford 9”x 2.25” drums, fitted with Ferodo VG95 linings stop the car effectively.
This Ford Cologne built Capri 3.0S, Ex-Ford Management Roll Car was first registered on the 27th of June 1980 and purchased directly from Ford “Frog Island” Employee Car sales compound by Mr G.Wilkins on the 23rd of June 1981, with 5,200 miles at a cost of £4328.66. Ownership transferred to his son, Mr L.Wilkins, in April 1983 and has remained his car ever since. A detailed account in the history file of not only the cars life story but Mr Wilkins career will amaze readers who will learn that he built his first engine at the age of 12 and went on to work with automotive leaders in design engineering including his first passion, Ford. Purchasing every RS part his wages could afford as an apprentice to building the concours road going race car you see today, it is hard to imagine a better all-rounder. Magazine featured and even used in the launch of the Capri 70 Owners Club, (now Capri Club International), this car will satisfy the most demanding, perfection seeking Blue Oval collector that has to own one of the very best, most rewarding Capri 3.0S examples known to exist.
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