RE: Ford Capri RS3100 onboard: Time For Coffee

RE: Ford Capri RS3100 onboard: Time For Coffee

Friday 15th March

Ford Capri RS3100 onboard: Time For Coffee?

The Capri is 50 years old this year - no more excuse needed for a video celebration...



While overshadowed in the Ford coupe ranks by the Mustang that it owed its existence to, there can be no doubting the significance of the Capri to a certain generation of UK enthusiasts. Across three generations and nearly 20 years of sales, it captured the imagination of many; here, at last, was a sexy desirable two-door Ford, one that that was affordable and - with the right engine, at least - fast as well.

A motorsport career only aided the Capri legend, racing (and winning) across Europe against 911s, CSLs and the like, with further success in British saloon car racing. It's a legacy that's being celebrated at the Silverstone Classic this year, and one we're only too happy to get behind with videos like this.

It comes from last year's Oldtimer GP at the Nurburgring, seemingly an absolute feast of excitement for those who like classic motorsport. It features an RS3100 Capri, arguably the most iconic racing one of the lot, battling on the GP track with a BMW M1 and a Porsche 934 - it's sportscar racing nirvana, put simply. The big V6 howls and growls its way around, manipulated by one of those manual gearbox things (keep an eye on that right until the end, in fact), the effort put in by driver Stefan Mucke visible for all to see. It's an absolute treat.

For any fans of tin-top racing, of fast Fords, or just a sweet old V6, this one is well worth a watch. Or, more specifically, a listen. Just keep the tab open alongside the ones that are meant to be, and drink it all in...

Β 

Β 

Author
Discussion

loudlashadjuster

Original Poster:

3,451 posts

132 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
Whoops!

George Smiley

3,210 posts

29 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
My first cars were Capri's, I made some good mates through the club. One of them had recently bought a hotel somewhere up in Cumbria where he found, hidden in one of the barns, an old RS3100 in tip top condition. This was back in the late 90s but even then the rarity of the find made it very special

irocfan

21,248 posts

138 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
never actually owned a Capri frown I had the rival Manta - though in all honesty I'd have loved an x-pack(ish) Capri

aeropilot

19,071 posts

175 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
Cosworth GAA powered I presume from that sound track....??


CS Garth

2,100 posts

53 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
Possibly inspired by Car SOS?

LostCockney

10 posts

11 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
Brilliant .My Capri's never went as fast as that.But at least the gearstick stayed attached !

Paddy78

180 posts

94 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
CS Garth said:
Possibly inspired by Car SOS?
I was at the British Motor Museum earlier in the week and the powder blue one there is absolutely stunning! cloud9

Edit: There is a Car SOS exhibition on there at the moment.

Krikkit

16,755 posts

129 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
LostCockney said:
Brilliant .My Capri's never went as fast as that.But at least the gearstick stayed attached !
It was the way he looked at it in his hand which cracked me up.

Magnificent sound to that point though. No match for the 935 in a straight line, but caught up quite a bit in the corners.

unsprung

3,825 posts

72 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all



love the revs, the sounds

delightfully analogue -- and perhaps too much so, given the wayward stick !!






Panjy

91 posts

94 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
What a noise!
Was very funny when the gearstick broke though, i wasn’t expecting that biggrin

soad

30,480 posts

124 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
Lovely jubbly! biggrin

GTI16V

528 posts

22 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
Absolute quality. thumbup

J4CKO

28,581 posts

148 months

Friday 15th March
quotequote all
My first car was a Mk1 Capri back in 89, had the gearstick thing happen as well.

neutral 3

3,793 posts

118 months

Saturday 16th March
quotequote all

My first road car, was this 72 3000 GT, the fastest 3 Litre Capri in East London in the early 80s
We never did find out who " tweaked " it, but it would pull 128 @ 5,800 rpm and was still pulling, but was diabolically unstable @ high speed, it needed a front spoiler.
Stupidly swaped it at a horse traders garage in Croydon, with a 70 TR-6 with a bent chassis, in June 72. Those Cowboys saw me coming a Mile away!

neutral 3

3,793 posts

118 months

Saturday 16th March
quotequote all

Sunday May 28th 1972 and 16 identical new black 3000E Capris are going to be thrashed in 2 races by 32 top drivers of the day, inc Lauda and Fittipaldi. Only one of the 16 has survived......

Huw Janus

1,413 posts

16 months

Saturday 16th March
quotequote all
LostCockney said:
Brilliant .My Capri's never went as fast as that.But at least the gearstick stayed attached !
Mine didn’t, I had a 1969 mk1 1600xl, came out in my hand one day.
Next car was a mk 3 2.0 Ghia, wish i’d gone for the 3.0s.

soad

30,480 posts

124 months

Saturday 16th March
quotequote all
aeropilot said:
Cosworth GAA powered I presume from that sound track....??
Absolutely, video screenshot says it all:

Dollyman1850

6,073 posts

198 months

Saturday 16th March
quotequote all
I had the pleasure of being at the old Timer last year and this was simply the best sounding car at the meeting. It sounded awesome.. The old Boat anchor is a Hell of a beast in 4 Cam GAA guise biggrin

N.

EdT

4,868 posts

232 months

Monday 18th March
quotequote all
I rarely watch an entire on-board racing clip - but this one did it!
What an ending too smile