Own­ing a Ford Capri MKIII 2.8i

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

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.’

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