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Any Capri fans here? Some 1:43 loveliness for y’all...

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Always loved the Capri's, my brother owned a nearly new MK2 3.0 Ghia manual in the 1970's on the N plate I should never have sold the 2.8 Turbo :ph34r:

  You have a nice collection there :)

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2 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

I'm after the last one. My grandad had a mk2 ghia in red with black vinyl roof. 

 

Odd thing though for Minichamps - the rear lights are more like Mk3 ones. Not a mistake Neo would make...

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19 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

Well it has the wrong wheels for me too. Should be the steel "minilites" for my accuracy. 

 

Ive got my eye out for one though.

 

These :

 

 

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52 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

I'm after the last one. My grandad had a mk2 ghia in red with black vinyl roof. 

 

 My brother had a white Ghia with the tan vinyl roof

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13 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

Well it has the wrong wheels for me too. Should be the steel "minilites" for my accuracy. 

 

Ive got my eye out for one though.

 

Not Minilites but Rostyle Wheels as fitted to many a 70's & 80's Ford. ;)

 

C.

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15 hours ago, Calypso-E34 said:

 

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Twin single tail pipes wheel barrow style. The sign of distinction of a proper car!:D Until they ruined that with the G30.

 

Rear wheel drive with more cylinders than gears (well the proper ones anyway), with a non pretentious badge on its nose.

 

Whats not to like?

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My favourite of all of those is the yellow one. Don’t really fancy the Essex though. I’d prefer a nice mildly tuned Pinto.  I think that would suit the character of the car. 

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3 hours ago, cableguy said:

 

Not Minilites but Rostyle Wheels as fitted to many a 70's & 80's Ford. ;)

 

C.

Hence inverted commas. I think of them as minilite style but in steel. Not sure they where restyle either as that's more BL and Vauxhall?

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18 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

Not sure they where restyle either as that's more BL and Vauxhall?

 

They were just called sports style wheels by Ford I think. I’ll look it up in a period brochure later. 

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My first car, a Capri 1.6GT in Phoenix Orange. Twin Choke Carb, four branch exhaust manifold and a tow bar that punched a hole through the grill and radiator of the Metro that tried to use me as a brake. I'd had the car less than a week and I can still remember the relief at finding I had no damage. Loved that car.

 

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My nan bought this very early (1968) mk1 1300 gt when it was only 6 months old so before I was born (1971). It was garaged all its life which didn’t stop it rotting out! She finally replaced it in 1989 with only about 60,000 miles on the clock with a bright orange 1500 dolomite so I took it on and did some filler work as well as some welding to get it through it’s MOT, just! It was originally a pale blue but I had it respayed this dark metallic blue for some reason, I was young and daft! After a year the MOT came round again and yet again it failed on structural rot so I sold it for peanuts probably! How I wish now that I’d stored the car I grew up with for the first 20 years of my life! That’s a lot younger me circa ‘89 or ‘90 lol

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During the years before Dad started his own business, he was in sales for a bit - and was good at it, as he had these as company cars. 

 

Unfortunately, the only Capri I ever owned was a silver Mk2 1.6 auto. It was during my ‘anything that’s cheap with an MOT phase...

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Calypso-E34 said:

 

They were just called sports style wheels by Ford I think. I’ll look it up in a period brochure later. 

 

I checked. The wheels in question were not Rostyles - which were a BMC thing. Ford wheels were referred to simply as ‘Spirts Road Wheels’.  These were standard on some models and optional on others EXCEPT 3.0 litre cars, so in that respect, it looks like my Minichamps Mk2 wheels may be correct. Pics from my brochure library below - Capri and Cortina. 

 

 

 

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 I've loved the Capri since being very young and my Uncle having a red 3.0s with chequered fishnet Recaros. I was actually all set to buy a Capri a few years ago, a silver 2.0L Laser with 2.8i wheels and Recaros, until I test drove it....

 They say 'never meet your heroes' and that was definitely true in this case, I wasn't expecting it to drive like a new car but it was slow, hesitant, the steering weighed a tonne, the clutch was heavy and the brakes were almost non-existant, also, having owned a few 80's Fords previously, I could tell it was going to need major restoration before very much longer despite it looking quite solid, I was gutted.  

 I often regret not buying that Capri despite it's faults as I don't think I'll get a chance to own one again.

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