Own­ing a Ford Capri 3.0S

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘Gen­uine 3.0S Capris are very hard to find nowa­days,’ says Ford owner Joe English. ‘The MKIIIS were only made for very long – 1978-82 – and they suf­fered in com­par­i­son to the 2.8 In­jec­tion so peo­ple didn’t bother sav­ing them, or tended to mod­ify them. How­ever, I’m a huge fan of The Professionals, so when the chance came up to buy a sil­ver one just like Lewis Collins’ car, I had to have it. I’ve re­stored it to mint orig­i­nal con­di­tion, but as parts are so scarce now I don’t want to risk dam­ag­ing it so it only gets used spar­ingly – shows, con­cours, the oc­ca­sional run out. In­stead I built my own Capri ‘spe­cial,’ with a 2.8 Cologne en­gine con­verted to car­bu­ret­tors, as my daily driver.

‘The Professionals has cer­tainly af­fected val­ues. Col­lec­tors who re­mem­ber the se­ries want them now, and they won’t nec­es­sar­ily be hard­core clas­sic Ford en­thu­si­asts ei­ther.’

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