Henry Ford II’s bespoke Capri is heading up for auction

This factor appears fairly like a normal Mk3 Ford Capri 2.8i from the outdoors, does not it? Almost nothing out of the common, you might assume.

It is a small bit much more than that, while, since this distinct 1981 Capri was commissioned by Ford’s Product or service Affairs staff for enterprise president Henry Ford II to use on visits to the UK.

As a result, it is a absolutely bespoke spec. In the Cologne manufacturing unit it was subject to stricter top quality management checks. It was then delivered to Ford’s Unique Car Engineering department, in which it was fitted with a 3-pace automatic gearbox and wider leather seats to allow for for comfier cross-region commutes. It was also offered extra levels of that Graphite Grey paint.

It was inevitably shipped to Turville Grange – the Ford spouse and children dwelling in the British isles – and it was used by the founder’s grandson until 1983. At that issue it was offered to Head of Ford Item Development, Ron Mellor, who in turn moved it on to designer Alan Jarman, who would use it to commute from Torquay to the SVE division in Dunton.

The alternatively distinctive 2.8 Injection Capri now has 68,958 miles on the clock, but only 6,800 of individuals have arrive in the previous 28 a long time. It was given a full refresh before this yr also and is now heading up for auction with Car or truck & Traditional. The estimate? Concerning £25,000 and £35,000. Not poor for a minimal slice of Ford history.