Ford Capri RS2600
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Ford Capri RS2600 – Believed to be one of only a handful to survive in the UK today, an astonishingly well-presented RS2600 Capri.
Following the very successful launch in Brussels of the Capri in 1969, the European market was full of praise for the new affordable coupé with sleek lines and fastback styling. It was nicknamed the ‘European Mustang’ as Ford had used the same concept and marketing segment in Europe as it did in America. Even so, there was something missing. The Capri had a long list of options and engines, but it did not have a true performance version that could be developed sufficiently within the regulations to enable it to regularly be successful in the sales-enhancing world of International Saloon Car racing. A number of manufacturers faced the same problem and consequently, several of them began to develop what were to become known as ‘Homologation Specials’. These were showroom saloons fully developed to be effective and competitive on the circuit but, in order to comply with the regulations that a certain number were available for sale to the public, usually 500, were finished fully trimmed and road-legal.
So, in late 1969, work begun on a ‘special RS Capri’- a full performance model for the road and for the track. Ford set about creating a race winning thoroughbred to compete for the European Touring Car Championship. The resultant Capri RS2600 was developed at Ford’s Boreham competition department in England and produced in Cologne.
Its debut was at Geneva in March 1970, albeit with a mock-up fuel injection system. The engine was a Cologne 2.6 V6 unit reassembled by Weslake and featuring its special all-alloy cylinder heads. It wasn’t until September of that year that the first fuel-injected RS2600 left the Niehl assembly line in Cologne. Based on the 2600GT, Ford of Germany’s top-of-the-range model at the time, the RS2600 was built in limited numbers and featured some very serious modifications, making this Capri one of the fastest cars on the market and the fastest Ford in Europe. Performance figures for the RS2600 were very impressive, producing 150bhp at 5,800rpm which was sufficient to propel the new car from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph. These were the road car figures and today, 150bhp may not seem remarkable, but back in 1971, it was class-leading. Homologation was approved on 2nd January 1971.
Built exclusively in left-hand drive, it was sold through Ford’s Rallye Sport dealers at a 50% premium over the next most expensive Capri. Identifiable by the oval exhaust exits, quarter bumpers, and the understated RS roundel on the boot, these Capris were incredibly rare at the time, which makes today’s offering of such an unmolested road car so special.
Our vendor, a private Collector, has long been a fan of the Capri. When he decided that an RS2600 was the car required to fill that small hole in his collection, he set about finding the very best he could, not an extensively modified ‘works’ homage but a largely original car that he could enjoy and show off occasionally.
Once the preserve of the Chairman of the Swiss Capri Owners Club, BVM 114K had been restored around 30 years ago to a very high standard. Save for the fitting of a radio and obligatory aerial, the car presented much as it would have when new. Still adorned with its, almost impossible to find, plastic-trimmed rear lights, another weight-saving measure, it was in great condition. It was purchased around 15 years ago, and has been lovingly cared for ever since.
Stored in a protective environment, it comes out only occasionally and was voted Best Car in one of its very few visits to an RS Owners meeting a few years ago. Whilst our vendor has removed the radio and fitted a blanking plate, the aerial remains in situ and the car is kept lovingly to ensure it can be started and driven whenever required. Given the rarity of any Capri RS, and the fact that the 2600 is rarer even than the 3100 that followed it, we recommend that any serious fan of the Blue Oval consider this remarkable find as a desirable addition to their collection.
THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE 2023 – CARS
Our auction finale of 2023 is taking place at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham (B40 1NT) 10th – 12th November. The UK’s biggest and best motor show attracting visitors, bidders and buyers from around the world. Viewing is available on Friday 10th November 10am – 6pm as well as Saturday and Sunday from 9am. Cars and Automobilia can be viewed in Hall 2 and Motorcycles in Hall 5. The Collectors’ Car Sale will take place on Saturday 11th at 10am with the Automobilia Sale following at 4pm and the Motorcycle Sale will take place on Sunday 12th at 10am – all in Hall 2. Admission to the auction stand is by catalogue only. Catalogues will be available to purchase at the catalogue desks at the entrance to our stands for £10. Each catalogue admits two people. Admission to the show is not included in the price of the catalogue. Show tickets can be purchased via the Classic Motor Show website, use the code ICONICAUC for £2 off per ticket.