The Capri Mk III was referred to internally as “Project Carla”, and although little more than an update of the Capri II, it was often referred to as the Mk III. The first cars were available in March 1978 and sold very well. The new styling cues, most notably the black “Aeroflow” grille and the “sawtooth” rear lamp lenses echoed the new design language being introduced at that time by Ford of Europe’s chief stylist Uwe Bahnsen across the entire range. In addition, the Mk III featured improved aerodynamics, leading to improved performance and economy over the Mk II, and the trademark quad headlamps were introduced. The bonnet’s leading edge was pulled down over the top of the headlamps, making the appearance more aggressive. The CAPRI 2.8 injection breathed new life into the Capri range and kept the car in production for 2 to 3 years longer than Ford had planned.
Despite being the most popular sporting model in Britain for most of its production life, the third generation Capri was also one of the most stolen cars in Britain during the 1980s and early 1990s, being classified as “high risk” of theft in a Home Office report. The popularity of these vehicles was amazing and it is no surprise that they are renowned for their iconic collector and investment status today.
This stunning example is one of only 6 sold new in New Zealand and is a true survivor. The original ownership papers accompany this vehicle along with a file outlining maintenance carried out over the years. This really is a fantastic example and an opportunity not to be missed. It is a truly drivable classic being rear wheel drive with power steering and a lovely 4 speed manual gearbox.
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