BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

1 V6 AP­PEAL

The Cologne V6 isn’t a highly stressed unit but it’s worth do­ing a com­pres­sion test to check for a blown gas­ket or warped head. The fi­bre tim­ing gear can break – steel re­place­ments are avail­able. The Bosch fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem is nor­mally re­li­able.

2 COR­RO­SION CON­CERNS

With the old­est cars now al­most 40 years old, you’re un­likely to find a to­tally rust-free Capri MkIII. Worst places for rot in­clude door bot­toms, sun­roof sur­round (where fit­ted), MacPher­son strut top mounts, rear spring hang­ers, plus the in­ner bot­tom edge of the tail­gate.

3 FOURS & FIVES

Early Capri MkIIIs had a four-speed ’box while later cars like the Spe­cial were five-speed­ers. Nei­ther of the man­ual ‘boxes is prob­lem­atic. The prop­shaft or dif­fer­en­tial can be noisy – it of­ten in­di­cates the prop’s cen­tre bear­ing is worn. Diff oil needs chang­ing ev­ery 20,000 miles or two years.

4 AVOID IN­SIDE JOB

In terms of po­ten­tial risks to your wal­let, the in­te­rior rates highly. It’s usual a case of ren­o­vat­ing what you’ve got as re­place­ment bits are scarce.

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