Not too keen on the colour, but would deffo like to take this for a spin 😎ITALIAN STYLE, AMERICAN V8 PB: purists feel an American V8 dilutes the appeal of cars like the Iso Grifo, De Tomaso Pantera and Jensen Interceptor. Pragmatists say that you get all of the benefits without the expensive hassle of an exotic European engine. What do you think? ... See MoreSee Less
Ford Capri, there are no words....🤤🤤The best Capri?
SD: What with Ford Capris on our front cover at the moment, demonstrating just how broad its range was from tiny 1.3-litre base-spec runaround hatchbacks all the way up to mighty racing V6 and turbo cars, it got me thinking - what was the best Capri?
This is entirely subjective, but stumbling upon this one at a recent Silverstone Auction confirmed my choice - it's the MkIII 3.0S.
It's not the Professionals stardom - I'm too young to remember Bodie & Doyle's adventures first time around so to me they're something that exists on DVD, best enjoyed with a heavy dose of ironic detachment - but the simple fact it's a very good car.
The 'S'-spec stiffer damping and better-located suspension with a well-tied-down live rear axle meant it handled superbly, making it feel compact and well-controlled as well as going exactly where you pointed it. And it was combined with what was, in my opinion anyway, the best engine to go in the Capri - the Ford 'Essex' V6. No, it's not as powerful as the Cologne 2.8 that followed it, but with more torque, it works better in what is a surprisingly heavy car, and sounds better with its V8-like low-rev throb.
It didn't last very long before the Essex was discontinued in favour of the new Cologne engine, and this makes them rare and sought-after today to the point where they're often faked (real ones are spotted by extra reinforcing plates on the front suspension mounts among other details, just in case you're tempted). You need deep pockets for a genuine MKIII 3.0S nowadays, but if I was building up a fantasy collection, this is the Capri that'd be in it.
Pink to make the...ladies wink? 🤔The importance of spec...
SD: This 911 Carrera Targa, for sale at the NEC last month, was in mint condition and rare. Very rare, in fact, on account of it being finished in Magenta. And this made it expensive, as you can see...
It's a bold choice, certainly, but is it one you'd pay a premium for? ... See MoreSee Less