A RARE Ford Capri, the first model to feature a family-friendly hatchback trunk, has sold at auction for a stunning price.
The MkII model earned the nickname “European version of the Ford Mustang” during its successful production in the 1970s.
In response to the 1973 oil crisis, the MkII was designed with a shorter bonnet and more compact styling, and introduced a hatchback-style tailgate.
This made it an ideal family car as the trunk was as easily accessible as it was spacious.
Powered by Ford’s signature Crossflow inline four-cylinder engine, it was also no problem and was considered one of the more reliable cars of its time.
Its near-best-in-class performance was further enhanced in later years with the introduction of a 3-litre V6 in the powertrain, which was the engine featured in the particular car up for auction.
The engine was extensively restored in 2004 and has a current MOT and service history dating back to the early 2000s.
Auction houses Car and Classic believe it is one of only 13 MkII 3.0S models left on the road. Another 14 are registered through SORN but are no longer on the road.
Inside there is stylish orange checkered trim, while many components are original.
The spare wheel and jack are also present and in good condition.
The car’s listing states: “The Capri, known as the European version of the Ford Mustang, is loved by many and it’s easy to see why.”
“With its 3.0 liter Essex V6, this model was the more desirable model.
“This is an excellent opportunity to own a 70’s classic in fantastic condition.
“Ready to get in and enjoy? What are you waiting for?”
However, all this attractiveness comes at a high price, with a guide price of £11,750.
At the time of writing, the 8-bid auction is still ongoing.
The auction is scheduled to end tomorrow at 8 p.m. There is a reserve price.