1983 Ford Capri 2.8 Injection
102,000 miles and engine untouched. Owned for 10 years, now
Great looks, great sound, great performance.
Although based on a simple chassis the Capri was always an exciting
car and in the 2.8i form was the most exciting with 0-60 mph in about 8
secs and a top speed of 130mph. all from an easily maintained motor,
it looked the part. Ford's sales pitch that it was the 'car you
promised yourself' at an affordable price was very appropriate.
one drawback, as so often, was that the brakes were never upto the job
because the 13 inch wheels were too small to fit big enough discs, with
the result that only hard pad material would give decent high speed
but that meant poor low speed braking. Various kits have been
to improve things by fitting 4 pot callipers from other cars but Ford
have got it right in the first place. The 3 litre Capri had a
for being tail happy in the wet but the 2.8i was lower with stiffer
bigger roll bars, fatter lower profile tyres (205/60VR13) and was
a more refined motor especially with the 5 speed box that gave 130 mph
at only 5,000 rpm.
By the time SFS 54Y was 15 years old it was getting quite rusty inspite
of my best efforts and was no longer my pride and joy - it would have
far too much to fix and so it had to go. I would buy another if I could
find a good one.
- V6. 2,792cc. OHV. Cologne.
- Bosch K Jetronic injection.
- Very simple unstressed mechanics.
- Goes and sounds fantastic.