I am advertising this truly wonderful piece of 1960’s automotive history on behalf of a very good friend of mine as he is old school and in the nicest, possible way, regrettably ‘doesn’t do computers’ and the whole ‘advertising & selling a car thing’. With this in mind, allow me to explain.
248 CNG was first registered 56 years ago on the 1st April 1963 to the first of two owners from Norfolk, the second of which owned it amazingly for the majority of its lifetime up until his passing in the early 2000s. It was then purchased by its third owner who proceeded to own & use it for a further 10 or so years and had planned to slowly restore the car. However, due to other commitments, he fell out of love with it and was put away in his barn and from then on in, was seldom used and slowly started to deteriorate.
Step in its current owner, Mr. David Selley. He found the car in the same barn back in early 2012. Mechanically minded & wishing to fore-fill a childhood dream, he wanted to try and source a good solid example of a Consul Capri to have as a project. After a 6-month national search, looking at stuff that was too far gone or just general rubbish, he found 248 CNG, ironically up the road to him in Wickford, Essex after its previous owner had finally decided to move it on. Looking round it, it was generally in good shape but really could benefit from a strip down, rebuild & repaint, both internally & externally. Fundamentally though, it was solid underneath and was definitely worth rescuing. So, with this in mind, a deal was done and the car was trailered back home with a new owner and a new chance for it to live once again.
Fast forward approximately 18 months, and after devoting at least 1,500 hrs of hard work, skinned knuckles & dedication, a photographic restoration to a very high standard was completed, meaning 248 CNG finally hit the road again in the summer of 2013. Below are just some of the areas that was addressed:
· Body & panels has been subject to a bare metal
respray in its original
Goodwood Green paint
· Rear inner wings welded & treated
· Reconditioned rear differential installed
· New brake master cylinder
· New brake discs, pads, drums & shoes
· New brake pipes
· New bushes all round
The 1500cc Pre-Crossflow engine was in remarkably strong shape due to its low mileage and just required a full service, changing any parts for new, old stock genuine Ford items. Also, to complete the engine work, a basic but sympathetic engine dress was carried out, without ruining any of its ‘patina’.
On the inside, the original green vinyl seats, door cards & rear shelf were very tired, simply due to age, and looked drab. So the decision was taken to have it totally re-trimmed in a very tasteful & classy looking cream leather, which really lifts the interior and contrasts beautifully against the dark green exterior.
The end result was, well see for yourself...
Its condition speaks volumes and is really a testament to the love it got during its rebuild. It has been enjoyed over the past five years or so on various fair weather days out and has been present at many classic car shows, which never fails to get admiring attention, glances and always has people wanting to talk about it.
Reason for Sale
After a lot of deliberation, David and his wife Diane has finally decided that it’s time to find a new, loving custodian & home for the car as they have another classic in the garage that is not getting the use it deserves and just wants to have the one car. It goes without saying that this isn’t a decision that they have taken lightly and has stipulated that it must go to an enthusiast. The car is MOT’d until 15th June 2019 and what with the classic car season starting again shortly, it is ready to be just driven & enjoyed.
All I would say to you is try finding another Consul Capri, of this type, in this condition for the money. Bearing in mind the labour involved gone into the restoration, we believe this is extremely well priced.
Please do give me a call if you are genuinely in the market for a beautiful Consul Capri, you will not be disappointed.
My name is Chris and you can reach me on the details below.
The car is located in Thundersley, Essex.
Thanks for looking, and look forward to speaking to you.
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