Anyone know this 3ltr S ?

Discussion in 'Capri Chit Chat' started by andy, 29 October 2019.

  1. andy

    andy Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hi guys ,
    A friend is looking at buying this car. It does look legitimately a 3 ltr S in the photos but I've not seen the car in the metal.
    Just wondering if it's known by anyone on here or if anyone can spot anything odd with it.

    The mot history states it's only done 700 miles since 2013. It's none sunroof as well which is nice.

    Link below.

    http://www.stockssportscars.co.uk/cars-for-sale/1979-ford-capri-3-0s

    Thanks guys and girls.
     
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    Ptgladstone Registered Capri Power Member

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    No sunroof? That’s very strange for a RHD car, I am only ware of German 3.0 Lts (LHD)being built on a base shell with no sunroof. Most Capri in the uk had a sunroof apart from basic L & GL models.

    it has the wrongs wheels on too.

    Other things to look for are the seat belt locations and addition all strengthening in the rear box sections.

    I would do some more investigation/ inspection before purchase
     
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    andy Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks for your input.
    I did think it was strange having no sunroof, and Ghia alloys.
    I didn't think the S came with Ghia wheels but I've seen some with them .
    I can see the strengtheners in the engine bay.
    Without seeing it in person I was hoping our resedent experts could spot anything.

    At £22000 it needs to be right.

    Cheers
     
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    Ptgladstone Registered Capri Power Member

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    Radiator is wrong too, but minor thing
     
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    You learn something new every day
     
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    Earlier ( like this car) 3 litres were fitted with a large header tank on the radiators. Later ones from late 1980 were fitted with rads with the smaller header tank similar to the upcoming 2.8i. . To compensate for the smaller header tank they were fitted with the expansion tank on the bulkhead.
     
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    Its top money but does look a nice car. The wheels are right for an S of this age, the 4 spoke wheels most of us equate with an S only came along later. This isnt the only model that Ford did a non sunroof version of that year, i knew someone with a Cortina 1.6 Ghia with identical equipment level to the 2.0 Ghia except the sunroof was optional not standard.

    It has a decent parcel shelf which is always nice to see.

    To my eyes it has a slightly nose up stance for a Mk3. If you compare pictures of Mk2s and Mk3s the 2 was noticeably nose up, the 3 was nose down. So for a Mk3 to look lower at the back it will either mean tired rear springs, intentional lowering of the rear or longer coil springs/ modified mounts at the front. There again it could just be the picture.

    Not that Im, a purist but frankly if you are being asked this sort of money then you need to act like one - The shiny K&N air filter is perfectly fine but I'd have expected a standard style Ford air cleaner in an otherwise original looking car of this value. (You can always get a decent mesh element inside it out of sight) Challenge the seller to source you one. It is a pity someone has put ungainly looking rear speakers in the back trims. They really aren't right there and the seller should have skipped them & replaced the trims. The car was made with a location for rear speakers- in the supports either side of the rear shelf.

    Ask for pictures of the top of the dash. Many are cracked but replacements for this have recently become available, something the seller may not know so a possible negotiating point
     
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    andy Registered Capri Power Member

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    Well he's bought it. Not seen it yet as it's a Friend of a friend. I'll point him in this direction.

    Thanks all.

    Andy
     
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    Hope its as good as hoped, many congrats to the new owner ;)
     
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    nice example of a very early 3.0S correct wheels and non opening rear windows equates to a non sunroof shell again the stronger option of shell for a 3.0 and roll top Carla seats again stacking up to a April - July Shell.
    radiator on non Auto 3.0 looks correct and the autos had the bigger header tank manual had either and no expansion until 1980 revisions stance is classic lazy rear springs fronts generally last a lot longer so bet they are original . its had paint and stripes I guess but done well
     
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    An excellent car. Let's hope he pops up on the forum soon
     

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