FORD CAPRI MkIII

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Summer of Classic Love -

Noth­ing says sum­mer than a cruise along Southend seafront in faded blue jeans, a white T-shirt and a black leather jacket. While that cloth­ing combo may form beads of sweat in the warm, cosy con­fines of a Capri in sum­mer, you’ll be the king of cool.

The Ford mar­ket is sim­i­larly hot at the mo­ment, the auc­tion mer­cury seem­ingly al­ways in the as­cent. Find­ing a Capri un­der five large is a bit of a steal, then. And what a car you get, too.

Those mus­cu­lar haunches, the enor­mous bon­net and the snarling front grille will scare most dawdling Sun­day drivers out of the way. If they’re still not play­ing ball, drop a cog and feel the fuel-in­jected V6 squirm be­fore blast­ing past.

Just be care­ful in tra­di­tional Bri­tish ‘sum­mers’, as the in­evitable rain and Capri dou­ble act has caught out many. How­ever, as sum­mer is when plenty of ex­treme sports hap­pen, look at Capri driv­ing as a bit like bungee jump­ing. Make it a sum­mer to re­mem­ber – pick up a cheap Capri while you can and set forth for the seafront.

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