Fine Late Autumn Fibre Clusters
The Capri Mk2 of 1974 revised the successful 1969 Mk1 by adding a useful and practical hatchback while retaining the stylish sports coupe’s attractive basic outline. The Mk3, launched in March 1978, was a less radical evolution but brought in many detail upgrades the most obvious of which were the partially shrouded twin-headlamps, front-spoiler, wrap-around bumpers and slatted grille. These, combined with the rear-spoiler, lowered the drag coefficient to 0.374, a reduction of 12.6%, and improved both high-speed stability and fuel economy. This made an attractive showroom package and remained in production at Ford’s Cologne plant until December 19th, 1986, by which time 324,045 Capri Mk3s of all types had been produced.
The 3.0S modelled was the top of the range but was aimed at a more sporting driver than the luxurious Ghia and thus featured stiffer lower springs matched to gas-filled Bilstein rear dampers and thicker anti-roll bars. It appealed to drivers prepared to trade a little comfort for a more sporting feel and improved high-speed handling. The S models also featured optional Recaro seats, Sidewinder stripes and 4-spoke RS alloy wheels. The 3.0S was replaced by the 2.8 Injection model in June 1981 which was fitted with the ‘Cologne’ engine instead of the ‘Essex’ unit to meet European emissions targets and was developed at Special Vehicle Engineering or ‘SVE’ in Dunton, England by a team led by well known Ford engineer Rod Mansfield.
Engine: 2994cc V6 OHV
0-60mph: 8.6 secs
Max speed: 117mph