FAST FORD VAL­UES ‘GO­ING NUTS’, SAY MAR­KET EX­PERTS

Low-mileage Brook­lands set to be this month’s se­cond £35k+ Capri

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A de­liv­ery-mileage Ford Capri is be­ing tipped to sell for as much as £45k when it goes un­der the ham­mer on 27 Fe­bru­ary – barely a fort­night af­ter an­other low mileage one made £35,500 at auc­tion.

Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions is sell­ing the 1987 280 Brook­lands – which has just 936 miles on the clock – with a £35-45k es­ti­mate at its Race Retro sale. It’s set to be the se­cond Capri MkIII to go for up­wards of £35k in the space of month. Mar­ket ex­perts are say­ing it’s part of a wider price surge af­fect­ing fast Fords from the 1970s and ‘80s, in­clud­ing hot Es­corts.

The auc­tion house says it has no­ticed an in­crease in in­ter­est in per­for­mance Fords, with blue oval-badged clas­sics get­ting far more en­quiries than other cars on web­sites like CCW sis­ter site Clas­sic Cars for Sale.

‘The fast Ford mar­ket seems to have gone nuts over the last year or so. If this car had come to us five or six years ago I’d say it’d have been a £18-22k car, so cars like th­ese have com­fort­ably dou­bled in price,’ says sales man­ager Will Smith.

‘It’s the same for hot Es­corts and Sierra Cos­worths, and the Es­cort RS Cos­worth is re­ally on the up. It’s not a trend that ex­clu­sively af­fects Fords – it’s more acute with them be­cause they’re so pop­u­lar with the en­thu­si­ast-driven mar­ket.’

Reg­u­lar CCW reader Al­bert Clark­son, who owns a 1986 Capri 2.8 Injection with just 586 miles on the clock, reck­ons the price rises will put many of th­ese cars out of reach of grass roots en­thu­si­asts and into the hands of col­lec­tors.

‘£35k is silly money for th­ese cars. I re­mem­ber the Lotus Corti­nas and the Es­cort MkI Twin Cams re­ally go­ing up in price, but now it seems more and more Capris are go­ing for a lot of money,’ he says. ‘I’d never sell mine be­cause I en­joy it too much, but now it’s not un­re­al­is­tic to think it’d go for a sim­i­lar price.’

Clas­sics Cen­tral, which is sell­ing a 1981 Janspeed 3.0-litre Capri at its 28 Fe­bru­ary auc­tion with a £35-40k es­ti­mate, says both the de­liv­ery mileage Brook­lands and Anglia Car Auc­tions’ £35k 2.8i are sys­tem­atic of a wider mar­ket trend for fast Fords go­ing up in value.

‘Capris that are spe­cial or par­tic­u­larly well pre­served are go­ing up rapidly, as are all fast Fords from the 1970s and 1980s – they are re­ally are dy­na­mite for the mar­ket at the mo­ment. You only have to look at what hap­pened with Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ Es­cort RS Turbo, which went for £60k back in Novem­ber, to see that,’ says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Justin Lazic. ‘Medi­ocre ex­am­ples haven’t changed that much in price, but rare and low mileage ex­am­ples that can’t be re­peated have eas­ily jumped up. What it doesn’t mean is that a guy’s reg­u­lar 2.8 Injection is now worth ten grand where it might have been six, a sig­nif­i­cant car can eas­ily be five or six times the price it was.’

The Ford Capri 280 is dubbed Brook­lands be­cause of its colour.

Sil­ver­stone’s 1987 Capri shows just 936 miles.

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