The iconic Ford Capri was produced from 1969 to 1986 with the highly desirable Ford Capri 280 making up the final run of this popular sports coupe. The Mk III Capri was produced from 1978 and was little more than a facelift of the Mk II. The final run was produced in the last couple of months of 1986 and Ford wanted the model to go out with a bang. Originally Ford intended to produce a limited run of 500 2.8 litre turbo charged Capris with gold alloy wheels and call it the Capri 500 – they even had the graphics made up. However it was pointed out that they had many more body shells and so the final 1038 of the model built were known as the Ford Capri 280, often referred to as Brooklands Capris as they were all produced in Brooklands Green. The final model boasted 15 inch versions of the seven spoke alloys seen in 13 inch size on the Capri Injection Special, full Raven leather interior with Recaro seats and a limited slip differential.
All the cars were built in Germany, however since 1984 the Capri was only sold in Great Britain so all 1038 Capri 280s were sold here and approximately 434 still survive today. Today this most desirable model of the Mk III range can command prices of up to £23,000 for a good example.
I have owned my Ford Capri 280 for the last seventeen years and it has covered just 26,000 miles. I had the car resprayed when I got it and apart from a stainless steel exhaust system the Capri is standard. I do attend the occasional show – but only when the weather is fine! I really should attend more in the future.