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Classified of the week: 1987 Ford Capri Brooklands 280

Long before the Mustang went RHD, Ford made a properly British muscle car

Published: 19 Oct 2017

Nothing too crazy about this week’s classified pick – just genuine, original, classic beauty.

The Ford Capri first appeared in 1969, but the one on offer from Silverstone Auctions is this beautiful 1987 Brooklands 280. It was the final limited-edition run of the Capri that featured a limited slip diff, 15-inch bespoke alloys and Recaro seats. Only 1,038 were made – all in this delightful “Brooklands Green” paint, hence the name. 

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With a mileage of just 5,500, full service history and an MOT certificate, this unrestored, unpainted and original example is top dollar. And with an estimated auction price of £45,000 to £55,000, you’ll be paying top dollar too. It's comfortably more than a new right-hand-drive Mustang.

And considerably less performance. This example comes with a 2.8-litre V6 engine and originally had 158bhp, plus a top speed of 131mph. Doesn't stop these things being a riot to drive, just prepared to alter your cornering technique to "slow in, mildly quicker out".

All told, this is as close to walking into a Ford dealership in 1987 and buying a brand new Capri as it’s possible to get. Click here if you're tempted...

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