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Rare Ford Capri sells for a world record £75k at auction

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A collector spent nearly £75,000 for a Capri at auction last weekend, setting a new world record for the iconic Ford.

The one-of-a-kind model – dubbed the Capris ‘Holy Grail’ – changed hands for the first time in 50 years at the Classic Car Auction’s Summer Sale in Warwickshire on Saturday.

The winning bid was £74,250, which was not only well above the estimated presale of £60,000, but also overshadowed the previous record amount paid for a Ford Capri by £20,000.

The record-breaking Ford Capri: This 1972 prototype for the RS3100 has a new owner and sold over the weekend for a world record £74,250

What makes the car in question so special is the fact that it is a ‘prototype’ model for the RS3100 Capri – and has only had one careful owner from new.

The seller originally purchased the vehicle from Ford for £1,500.

In today’s money that’s about £21,000, showing how much the humble Capri has appreciated in half a century.

While the eagle-eyed among you will notice the ‘K’ plate, which suggests it was registered in 1975, the engine was actually produced three years earlier when Ford’s Advanced Vehicle Operations in South Ockendon, Essex, used it to develop the hotter version. of the popular coupe.

It became the blueprint for a production run of just 249 RS3100 units that followed, all of which were built in 1973.

RS3100 cars were distinguished from the standard Mk1 Capris by the addition of a ducktail spoiler, sports exhaust, racier suspension and firmer brakes.

When new, it was claimed to reach 100 km/h from standstill in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 km/h.

Despite being the first car to be built, this car was the last RS3100 registered for the road, bought in 1975 by the owner who had kept it ever since.

The car is registered as a 1975 model, but was produced three years earlier.  That's because it's a prototype version of the RS3100 Fast Ford that became the blueprint for 249 other examples

The car is registered as a 1975 model, but was produced three years earlier. That’s because it’s a prototype version of the RS3100 Fast Ford that became the blueprint for 249 other examples

Capri's previous record holder is this 1987 Brooklands 280 sold by Silverstone Auctions in 2017

It had only 14,680 miles on the clock when the hammer fell to £55,125

Capri’s previous record holder is this 1987 280 Brooklands sold by Silverstone Auctions in 2017. It had just 14,680 miles on it when the hammer fell for £55,125

The RS3100 model differs from the standard Mk1 Capris with the addition of a ducktail spoiler, sports exhaust, racier suspension and firmer brakes

The RS3100 model differs from the standard Mk1 Capris with the addition of a ducktail spoiler, sports exhaust, racier suspension and firmer brakes

When new, it was claimed to reach 100 km/h from standstill in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 km/h.

When new, it was claimed to reach 100 km/h from standstill in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 km/h.

Saturday’s winning bid of £74,250 was well ahead of the pre-sale guide of £50,000 to £60,000 and broke the existing record paid for a Capri.

The previous highest price was set in 2017 when Silverstone Auctions sold a 1987 280 Brooklands version with just 14,680 miles on it for £55,125.

The new record holder is finished in clear ‘Sebring Red’ – which is almost orange – with a contrasting black vinyl interior and badged ‘Capri GT’.

It has been owned by one owner since it was bought from Ford with only 500 miles on it.

He has now clocked 70,722 miles in half a century – an average of just 1,414 miles a year.

The Capri has been owned by one owner since it was bought from Ford with only 500 miles on it.  It now shows 70,722 miles - an average of just 1,414 miles per year

The Capri has been owned by one owner since it was bought from Ford with only 500 miles on it. It now shows 70,722 miles – an average of just 1,414 miles per year

This prototype and the other road models are equipped with a modified version of the race car's 3.1-litre V6 engine, which produces 148 horsepower.

This prototype and the other road models are equipped with a modified version of the race car’s 3.1-litre V6 engine, which produces 148 horsepower.

Finished in a bright 'Sebring Red' - almost orange, this example is distinguished by a contrasting black vinyl interior and a 'Capri GT' badge

This example is finished in a bright ‘Sebring Red’ – which is almost orange – with a contrasting black vinyl interior and a ‘Capri GT’ badge

The RS3100 was specially made for Ford to compete in the Mk1 Capri in the European Touring Car Championship in 1974.

Series rules stated that 1,000 road RS3100s had to be built for a competition version to enter – though Ford only produced a quarter of that quota, blaming the 1973 oil crisis for strangling demand. to new cars.

This prototype and the other road models are equipped with a modified version of the race car’s 3.1-litre V6 engine, which produces 148 horsepower.

However, what sets this particular one apart from all other RS3100s are the fixed rear side windows, a flat three-spoke steering wheel and black valve covers (production models are blue).

It also has a unique chassis number ‘BFECRK’, the rest is the ‘BBECND’ series.

Ford used this prototype model for studio shots shown in the cut sheet sales brochure and supplemental manual – the latter is included with all production cars.

The car – with registration number ‘KVV 648P’ – has been kept in its original unrestored condition and has undergone only a few minor paint corrections over the past 50 years.

The prototype RS3100 - with registration 'KVV 648P' - has been kept in its original unrestored condition and has undergone only a few minor paint corrections over the past 50 years

The prototype RS3100 – with registration ‘KVV 648P’ – has been kept in its original unrestored condition and has undergone only a few minor paint corrections over the past 50 years

The car has been stored on chassis stands since 1982.  At the beginning of this year, it underwent a full re-use.  Until 1982 he was used by the seller as a daily driver

The car has been stored on chassis stands since 1982. At the beginning of this year, it underwent a full re-use. Until 1982 he was used by the seller as a daily driver

Classic Car Auctions Says Its Availability Was A

Classic Car Auctions Says Its Availability Was A “Once In A Lifetime Opportunity” For Collectors To Own A Very Special Piece Of Ford’s RS History

Until 1982 it was used by the seller as a daily driver before being stored on chassis stands.

Earlier this year it underwent a full recommissioning.

The selling auction house said its availability represented a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for collectors to own a very special piece of Ford’s RS history.

“Capri’s ‘holy grail’ has always been out of reach, so the chance to be able to offer such a special car is good enough and certainly keeps the juices flowing,” it said.

Gary Dunne, sales manager of Classic Car Auctions, added that Saturday’s auction had resulted in “a spirited bidding on the Ford Capri RS3100” and described it as “a real thrill” to see how delighted the new owner was, who has sworn to keep it in his possession. collection alongside the yellow RS3100 he already owns.

The Capri arrived in 1969 as ‘the car you always promised yourself’, as Ford of Europe’s response to the Mustang’s huge sales success in America.

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