Owning a Ford Capri MKIII 2.8i
MKII 3.0 Ghia owner Mike Foreman also owns this immaculate 2.8i, ‘I wanted to buy this car in 1985 because it’s so original. It was for sale for £6000, but with my mortgage it wasn’t attainable. A friend bought it and I asked for first refusal if he ever sold it. He did sell it – only not to me. So I got friendly with the new owner and made the same request. A couple of years passed and he phoned me saying he wasn’t using it and wanted a track car. I paid £6000 for it 15 years ago. It came to me in the end.
‘The MKII remains my favourite, but if I were buying one for the first time I’d go for a MKIII because they are more widely available at an affordable price. You also get more bhp, a better suspension set-up and improved reliability from the injection system. They’re also a bit more luxurious inside.
‘Parts are fairly expensive for all models, so the best advice is to find an example where most of the work has already been done for you.’