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.