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Our Capri dates from 1962, the first year of manufacture. Thanks to some nicely considered and well engineered modifications which have taken the original 1.5 litre engine’s capacity up to slightly over 1.6 litres, this particular one has a turn of speed that was never envisaged by Ford’s designers back in the early 1960s.
But that’s only one aspect of this car’s comprehensive rebuild history. We’ll talk more about that later. Its most obvious and unique feature is of course the mild custom restyle. Anyone around the motoring scene in the 1970s will know just how vibrant the customisation scene was back then, centering around iconic magazines such as Custom Car. We believe this car was subjected to a 1970s or ‘80s bare-metal restoration, period-correct right down to the must-have Wolfrace slot mag alloy wheels.
The lady running the car at the time was married to the owner of a Vauxhall Cresta, another wonderfully evocative late-‘50s/early ‘60s American-style cruiser. As they grew older, their interest in the custom scene waned and the Capri found itself in a dealer’s stock.
The vendor bought the Capri in spring 2018, having decided that it was an important car deserving of rescue. Between then and now he has spent over £5000 on bringing the car up to the standard that he demands for his small but perfectly formed stable of (mainly British) classics. Most of the recommissioning work was carried out by Stewart Walker, the highly respected Thatcham-based independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists trusted by George to look after the rest of his collection.
As mentioned, the Capri was taken back to bare metal and during the restoration the owners took the opportunity to include some minor modifications. Bumper iron holes and the boot lock were smoothed in and door deadlocks plus an internal boot release lever were added, and a new rear valance from a Jaguar S-type enhanced the back-end look.
After priming and undersealing, many coats of Ford Panther Black were applied with a subtle metalflake that really pops in the right light. The finished paint was then sealed by a deep lacquer coating.
Clearly it was a very good job all those years ago as we can describe the bodywork as very solid, with little or no visible bubbling, and the paintwork responds exceedingly well to a good polish. There are a couple of minor blemishes here and there, but nothing you wouldn’t expect of an older resto. The worst blemish is probably the leading edge of the drivers’ door which has a slight bend and cracked paint, but the door bottoms look to be intact.…much more text on our website.
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Registered in 1957
Owned for 5 years (has travelled only 2,000 miles during that time)
Converted to unleaded, electric fuel pump
Original radio, 3 gear column change, bench seat.
Comes with workshop.....