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1972 Ford Capri Mk1

MAKEFord
MODELCapri Mk1
REGISTRATIONJAC 738L
ENGINE SIZE2100
TRANSMISSIONManual
MILEAGE1200 since engine rebuild
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE1972
CURRENT V5
COLOURBlue & White

1972 Ford Capri Mk1

  • BUY IT NOW FOR £17,000
  • Broadspeed homage
  • Colin Ashton built 2.1 litre Pinto engine
  • 218bhp
  • Magazine featured
  • Old Ford drag challenge event winner at Retro Ford
  • Thousands of £ spent
  • Please scroll down the page past the video to read a full description for this lot
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Description

  • BUY IT NOW FOR £17,000
  • Broadspeed homage
  • Colin Ashton built 2.1 litre Pinto engine
  • 218bhp
  • Magazine featured
  • Old Ford drag challenge event winner at Retro Ford
  • Thousands of £ spent

The Ford Capri seems to be one of those cars that is woven into our classic car culture. Virtually everybody seems to have a connection to a Capri. What unites them are the warm and familiar emotions they evoke.

Ford really struck gold with the Capri. It is possibly the ultimate in affordable sports coupes for the 70’s and 80’s.

This extraordinary Mk1, pre-facelift Capri goes one stage better. It is an homage, of sorts, to the legendary Broadspeed Capris. We don’t believe you’ll find another Capri quite like this one.

  • A one off build
  • Magazine featured
  • Raced and won at Santa Pod
  • Featured on the Capri Mk1 Owners club website as part of 50 Anniversary Celebrations at Dunton

Background

Our vendor, Barry, had been around the Fast Ford and Drag Racing scene for some time. This was via a friendship with hugely knowledgeable and immensely respected engine builder/tuner, Colin Ashton.

In about 2105, Colin advised him a white Mk1 Capri was up for sale, Barry snapped it up. He told us, “he’d got the bug”. The Capri had already been lowered via blocks and gas shocks but Barry had his plans for the Capri. As with most projects, this one progressed in sensible stages.

History

The heart beat of this Ford Capri Mk1 is the stunning heart transplant it has had. As you can see from the images, it looks stunning.

In the first 18 months;

  • The cylinder was re-worked
  • The 2.0 Pinto engine was fitted, plus new blue & white seats to match the paintwork and line lock for burn outs
  • A limited slip 3J Driveline diff was fitted
  • Along with hardened performance half shafts to be able to handle the output.

Barry told us, “The Capri competed well and I came first in 2015 of the Round Four Retro Show and Third in the Old Skool Ford Drag Challenge meetings. This spurred me on to then have a full race engine built by Colin and get the car resprayed with the fibre glass rear and front like the Broadspeed Capris to improve its looks”.

The project and upgrades have continued and these are the highlights over the last five years;

  • The engine was re-worked by Colin Ashton and his team in to a 2.1 Pinto unit (the engine has really only done about 1,200 miles since it was built by Colin)
  • It is “full race spec”
  • Fully lightened and balanced
  • Forged 93mm pistons
  • Steel con rods
  • High pressure oil pump
  • Low resistance water pump
  • 6 kg flywheel
  • Race road clutch
  • Full race head with 45.8 inlet valves 38.1 exhaust valves
  • Single collet valves
  • Custom profiled race cam
  • Bestek ignition with MSD 2 step limiter
  • Bespoke custom exhaust manifold.
  • Stainless steel system to rear
  • Twin choke Webbers 45s fitted for road use
  • Was on 48 s when it made 218 bhp after being run in 2016.
  • Five speed gear box now fitted also for road use with quick shift lever
  • Single piece propshaft
  • 3J Driveline heavy duty half shafts
  • Wildwood 4 pot callipers
  • Grooved discs on front Sierra callipers
  • Peugeot 106 calipers on rear
  • Hydraulic hand brake
  • Front breaks on line lock
  • Custom alloy radiator with electric fan with header tank
  • Facet electric fuel pump
  • Custom Sunco race rev counter with shift light

Phew! And breathe…

All that culminated in the Capri running a standing start 1/4 mile in 13.54 secs with a speed of 96.83 mph on its 48 Webbers in 2016.  As if we need to say it, that adds up to some car!

Interior

The interior, as you can see is a mixture of old and new and period. Essentially it works. Just not if you’re a rear seat passenger, because you end up crouched on the floor!

We have the original dash pad and two clocks. Coupled with two non-original, but very smart front seats. The driver and ‘co-pilot’ are anchored by a full harness. There are door pads and window winders.

The sexy bits are the handbrake, shifter and rev counter. It al blends well as a fast (very fast) useable road car (it’s road registered after all) or ‘run-what-you-brung’ drag racer or take it to shows..you choose.

Outside

  • A very smart Broadspeed tribute Blue & White colour scheme
  • Fibre glass bonnet
  • Fibre glass boot with rear tail
  • Front air scoop

As with the interior, the outside is marvellous blend. It is unmistakably a Ford Capri Mk1, but with a difference. That difference has not only made it a show stopper on the streets but a Show Winner on the Strip and at Shows. The magazine features are just the icing on lovely cake. We’ve never seen anything like this on Bake-Off though.

Additional Info

Barry added a little context for buyers, we’ll let him do the talking;

After Colin and Joe sent their car over to Malta to race, from 2017 I detuned the carbs to 45s for road use and fitted a 5 speed box.

I have taken it to shows and meets at Ace Cafe in London I also went to FORDS TEST TRACK at Dunton for a 50 year Capri Show on the test track (see photos).

Then covid came along. Things slowed down (isn’t that the truth!). I recently bought a Capri Mk3 2.8 Injection Special with low mileage. So it’s time to let someone become the new custodian of the Mk1 and use it as it should be

I hope this helps. I will be getting car out of storage next week to give it a service check it over and will take pics of inside boot and cockpit under bonnet etc the door shuts and usual rust areas so people can see its condition I can do a short walk around video and the of the engine running with its lovely note from the stainless pipes if it helps.”

Yes. It does. The fab pics along with the video are in the Gallery.

Our View

When’s the last time you saw a Ford Capri Mk1 like this? We cannot remember either.

These enthusiast-lusted after treasures rarely surface. When they do, they don’t hang around. Not only is this a quickly appreciating Fast Ford. It is a very, very fast Ford.

  • This is a rare opportunity to own a very sought after, one-off Mk1 Capri.
  • Built by one of the most widely respected builders on the scene
  • A rich history
  • Race and Show Wins
  • Magazine featured

Best of all. It has to go. Don’t let this slip away.

Vehicle Location: Crawley, West Sussex RH10 – it’s the responsibility of the buyer to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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