1986 Ford Capri MkIII 2.8 InjectionSOLD
Built towards the end MkII production, which in itself signalled the end of the road for the Capri, this spectacular example was registered two days before the Christmas of 1986. Perhaps it was a (very) last minute Christmas present?
Supplied through the Cox’s Motors dealer in Leicester and flatteringly finished in Strato silver paintwork, with grey leather no less, this 2.8 Injection Capri must have surely made for the best gift in the North of England.
Mrs Potter, this example’s fortunate inaugural owner, clearly cherished her prized Capri and the routinely stamped original service book shows that by 1996 she had covered a mere 20,567 miles.
Maintenance invoices and correspondence, all addressed to Mr Potter, carry the story through to 2006 where, after an incredible 20 years of ownership, the Potters decided to part with a car that had undoubtedly formed a large part of their life.
A 200 mile voyage down to the South West of England brought the Capri to its second careful owner, who himself kept the car for a not insignificant 5 years and contributed barely 550 miles to the odometer reading before selling in 2011.
The third owner, a proprietor of a Ferrari service, restoration and race centre who’d been searching for the perfect Capri to fulfil his memory lane motoring experience, sought to preserve the Capri further while still being able to enjoy it. As such his workshops performed a full mechanical recommission and cosmetic detailing, reviving the car’s youthful vigour after years of storage interspersed with occasional use.
Encouragingly, this enthusiastic owner found the time to enjoy the Capri and accumulated almost 1,000 miles in it before it was acquire for the collection in 2014.
One of the Capri’s greatest achievements was its ability to feel special and yet completely usable. The result of course was that most were used and abused, and very rarely coveted in a long-term single ownership. This car then, with its astonishing mileage and 20-year custodianship under the couple who’d bought it new, is an exceedingly rare find indeed.