1980 Ford Capri 2.0 GL

Guide Price: £9,000 - £13,000

The photos in this listing were provided from the seller.


・71000 miles from new
・Enthusiast-owned and maintained
・Recent full exterior restoration
・Historic vehicle status

The Background

Originally designed as Europe's answer to the Ford Mustang – and by the same man, Philip Thomas Clark  - the Capri became one of the cars that defined the 1970s.

This third-generation car is probably the most familiar shape to many, with the quad headlights and the overbite bonnet, and is now entering the realms of the DVLA's historic vehicle classification.

The History

The Capri you see here was first registered in December 1980, setting the original owner back some £5,400.

After passing through the hands of four subsequent owners, the Capri racked up barely 70,000 miles through to February 2020, with a Capri enthusiast the most recent owner.

That was when the current owner bought it, and set about bringing it back to its best; though the previous owner had been a Capri fan, there had been a few aftermarket additions and some attention was needed elsewhere – though mechanically sound and well maintained.

An £8,000 expenditure later has made it look original again, and it's now time for a new owner to benefit from that.

As its 40th birthday passed by recently, the Capri is now a historic vehicle and is registered with the DVLA as such. This would make it exempt any further MOT requirements, and the VED rate is now zero.

The Paperwork

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Capris were ten a penny – a symptom of its success – and many cars suffer from an abject lack of history as a result. That is very much not the case here.

There's a remarkable amount of paperwork documenting this Capri's history, including old MOTs and invoices. One owner even kept a diary of every detail of every expense across their ownership, from the largest bills down to even small costs, for more than a decade.

Probably the highlight of the documentation though is the car's original delivery invoice. This is something we rarely see even on cars ten times the price, but the Capri has one, noting the £5,401.90 price – including the £260 automatic gearbox option, among others – and the Apollo Green over Chocolate exterior and interior finishes.

Naturally there's also records of the restoration work carried out last year, with work totalling around £8,000.

The Interior

Climbing into the Capri is like travelling back in time. It's very much a product of the 1970s – the Mk3 “Project Carla” hitting the roads in 1978 – but it's impressive nonetheless.

The decision to specify the chocolate interior really helps the car along in that regard. There's a few shades of it, from Bourneville vinyl on the doors and dash to Milka fabric seats and carpets, but it does brighten up the cabin considerably. As far as we can tell there's not a mark on it – a real time capsule of a cabin.

That extends back into the boot as well. It's a pretty generous space, but it looks to have been barely used. From the elongated parcel shelf to the carpet, and even the body lining, it seems pristine.

There's not a lot by way of electronic toys and gizmos, so not much to go wrong – even the windows are manually wound – but everything that is there works well. That includes the radio and, in one nod to gadgetry, the electric aerial in the passenger-side wing.

The Exterior

As you'd expect from a car restored only last year, the exterior looks close to brand new. The Capri was essentially trailered from its previous owner straight to a body shop for some extensive work.

That included removing some aftermarket bodywork, stripping the car back – including removing the glass – repairing and welding the arches front and rear, and repainting in the original Apollo Green. You can see the impressive results yourself.

The first owner specified the car with the vinyl roof and the sunroof option, and this too is in excellent condition. That divisive rubber rear spoiler, so often damaged on these cars, is also in great condition.

You'll spot a few unusual touches around the car too. The front fog lights are within the grille rather than on the front valance, and the special RS X-pack wheels – four-spoke 7.5x13 items – in place of the GL's usual steel offerings.

The Mechanics

The Capri seems to have been well cared-for across its life, with the result being a car that doesn't need any particular attention in any department. Although the current owner notes that they would strip the braking system back and rebuild it if they were to keep the car, that's more out of preference than necessity – the brakes work well as it is.

Along with the restoration elsewhere, the current owner has also rebuilt the front suspension, including the top mounts, so the car drives as it ought.

With just 71,000 miles on it, the two-litre, straight-four Pinto engine is still in its prime, and neither the engine nor the unusual automatic gearbox have any issues at all.

The Appeal

The Capri was unexpectedly successful – a sporty coupe which sold in the millions to Ford Europe’s hatchback and saloon buyers. As a European interpretation of the Mustang, it certainly hit the mark.

It's been through popularity, infamy, and obscurity, but is now a bonafide classic, and with this car you're getting an original condition model you can daily drive just as Ford intended 40 years before.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1980
  • Make Ford
  • Model Capri 2.0 GL
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 71,125 Miles
  • Engine size 1993
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
24 bids
  • dylan.k•••• £8,500 01/11/21
  • graham.•••• £8,250 01/11/21
  • ringwoo•••• £8,100 01/11/21
  • graham.•••• £8,000 01/11/21
  • ringwoo•••• £7,800 01/11/21
  • graham.•••• £7,700 01/11/21
  • dylan.k•••• £7,500 01/11/21
  • ringwoo•••• £7,200 01/11/21
  • Fitton £7,100 01/11/21
  • city_su•••• £7,000 29/10/21

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