Six­ties Con­sul Capri cashes in on its rar­ity

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Car­ry­ing on the cur­rent theme of ris­ing in­ter­est in more ev­ery­day clas­sics, Ford’s strik­ing Con­sul Capri is the lat­est to bask in the lime­light. Con­sid­ered a fail­ure in its day with fewer than 19,000 ex­am­ples sold, the re­sult­ing rar­ity now iron­i­cally works in the model’s favour.

The su­per-rare GT ver­sions have long had pedestal-mounted uni­corn sta­tus and £20k-plus price tags, but now the reg­u­lar is­sue mod­els are also on the up.

At Anglia Car Auc­tions re­cently, the £11,578 achieved for a fairly av­er­age 1962 1.5 was a num­ber that would have looked strong a year ago, but it was heav­ily over­shad­owed by what has to be one of the best in the coun­try – a ’63 car that has been in the same fam­ily from new, spent much of its life in stor­age and as a re­sult boasts a gen­uine 21,585 miles. Gleam­ing in twotone blue and white, it was easy to for­give the (eas­ily re­placed) non-stan­dard wheels and it made a very tidy £22,512.

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