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1980 Ford Capri Group 1 FIA

Lot No.: 109

Registration: N/A
Chassis Number: Not specified
Engine Number: Not specified
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2994cc
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Sold for (£): Unsold

The Ford Capri was a dominant force in Saloon Car racing during the early 1970s, driven by legends such as Gordon Spice, Stuart Graham and Brian Muir. Easily adapted and set up for racing, it was a popular choice for the professional and club driver alike. Certain 'names' would come up on a regular basis when 'winning' was being discussed, names like. CC Racing run by Dave Cook and Peter Clark, Neil Brown engines, and Gordon Spice. Fortunately, the performance developments they originated are widely available today.

This particular 1980 Ford Capri 3.0S Mk III was purchased by Capri aficionado Dave Thomas some years ago. Like many older race cars, it had lain idle for a while, but the quality of the components used and wiring for multiple lights bore testament to its long distance race history. Many such cars were built in the UK and raced abroad, with the 3 car family sponsored Belgian Team Willeme being a prime example. Their cars competed in the 1980 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps finishing 11th overall driven by French pairing Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Jean-Luic Therier and it is these colours that the car bears today. Its first confirmed UK racetrack sighting was at the Willhire 25 hour race in 1989 in the hands of Alex Rogan who raced extensively in that era.

The car was fully rebuilt by Dave Thomas to Appendix K Group1 specification with Goodwood in mind. (c/r gearbox, LSD, modified suspension, etc etc).The FIA Historic Technical Passport expires 31st December 2024. Potential buyers should satisfy themselves as to the legality and currency of all the safety equipment in this car including the race seat, harnesses and fire extinguisher.

In recent years the car has been used at the Goodwood Members Meeting, Grand Prix L'Age D'Or in Dijon, other Peter Auto run events, as well as a number of Classic Sports Car Club rounds in 2015. This car presents a wonderful opportunity to own a racing Capri and be part of next year's Gerry Marshall Trophy.