Please bear in mind this article is historical and was written circa year 1995. This Capri was sold around 2002 when our second white Laser was purchased.
A Very Bad Start
My love affair with Ford Capris first began in 1992 when I was driving around in a rather tatty Ford Escort. I had decided I rather fancied a Capri for a while -
The first Capri I saw in a local dealer's showroom was an immaculate metallic silver A-
After a bit of haggling and discussion over some work (the car didn't have rear seat belts which I required), I paid my £200 deposit and went away a happy man.
Now being a cautious fellow, I decided to check on the history of the car. During my test drive I located the service history log book which was full of dealer stamps. It also had the details of the previous owner and I decided to call him and ask him a bit about the car. I was horrified to learn that the car had been around the clock ! and had done 144K. It was straight back to the garage where the dealer protested his innocence. To cut a long story short, the service book was a stolen one with the cover replaced. I got my money back and reported the incident to Trading Standards Officials. I was so careful yet nearly got duped. Let that be a lesson to you all !
Better Luck Next Time!
I have to admit that this incident put me off Capris for a while. After a few weeks however I was on the look out again. Eventually I spotted my new car at Booth and Phipps in Bicester, Oxon (long since disappeared!). It was a gorgeous D-
The main problem now was the price which was more than I had budgeted for. After some haggling, I got the dealer to give me £1500 for the Escort. This was amazing because I had only paid £1100 for it 18 months ago! As a footnote, they re-
The New Arrival
The Capri was just fantastic! I loved driving around with my bum only 8 inches off the floor peering over that huge bonnet. My ex-
The Capri was running like a Swiss watch and on a good drive we were getting 34 miles to the gallon out of her. One drawback is that she only ran on leaded fuel which meant the petrol bills were higher. Minor problems occurred in the first year such as a split radiator (the AA did it for me -
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