1979 Ford Capri Ghia

Ford Capri Classic Car HireHere we have the fashion icon of the seventies!
If you missed out on this fantastic car the first time round, you don’t have to any longer, our Capri is a stunning example of the Mk3 3.0 Ghia, finished in striking Ford Metallic Maroon, originally registered in 1979 it was one of the last Capris to be produced in the UK before all production moved exclusively to Germany. The very seventies plush black velour interior provides you with optimum comfort, but the added extras of a sports steering wheel and an array of gauges remind you there's definitely a sports car there too.

Some History of the MK3 Capri
First shown to the public in 1976 at The Geneva Show and launched for sale in 1978, the Mk3 Capri featured much improved aerodynamics than that of it’s predecessor the Mk2, this lead to improved performance and economy compared to it’s predecessor the Mk2. The Mk3 was a heavily face lifted version of the Capri with the now trademark quad headlamps (giving the front end a very similar appearance to that of the Escort RS2000) and the rear spoiler. At the time the Mk3 was launched, the engine and transmission of the Mk2 were carried over, the 3.0s model was at one time regarded as the most desirable model, but in truth the Ghia derivative with the softer automatic rather than manual transmission was the much bigger seller of the V6 engined models.

The Mk3 Capri was given fame and somewhat of a cult following in the UK due to Bodie and Doyle from TV series The Professionals having silver and gold versions respectively. After 1,886,647 Capris had been made the last one rolled off the production line on 19 December 1986. The Capri is remembered for the classic UK & European advertising slogan ‘The car you always promised yourself’ whist North America the Capri was given the slogan ‘The Sexy European’.

Original Mk3 Capri 3.0 Specification:

Engine 6-Cyl. vee formation at 60 degrees
Crankshaft Four main bearings
Bore x Stroke 93.66mm x 72.44mm (3.69in x 2.85in)
Capacity 2994cc (182.7 cu in)
Valves Overhead
Compression Ratio 9.0 : 1
Fuel System Weber 38/38 EGAS carburettor
Maximum Power 138bhp at 5100rpm
Maximum Torque 174 lb ft (24.1kgm) at 3000rpm
Transmission Four speed manual gearbox, fully synchronised. Optional Ford C3 three speed automatic
Gear Ratios 4th 1.00, 3rd 1.412, 2nd 1.94, 1st 3.16, rev 3.346
Final Drive 3.090
Top Gear Speed 21.9mph (35.2kmh) per 1000rpm
Brakes Front disc / rear drum, servo assisted
Wheels / Tyres 6in alloy wheels with 185/70 tyres
Length 172.8in (4376mm)
Wheelbase 100.9in (2563mm)
Width 66.9in (1698mm)
Height 51.2in (1323mm)
Front Track 53.3in (1353mm)
Rear Track 54.5in (1384mm)
Unladen Weight 2850lb (1170kg)
Top Speed 122 mph (196kph)or 118mph (190kmh) automatic
0-60 mph 8.5 secs (10 secs automatic)
Classic Car Hire : Ford Capri Ghia

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