Owning a Ford Capri 3.0S
‘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.’