Ford Capri 1.6 Laser 60,000 miles "HARLEY"

Ford Capri 1.6 Laser 60,000 miles "HARLEY"


    In completely standard form this engine with only 60,000 original and genuine miles runs as sweetly as an expensive watch and starts on the first turn of the key.

    It is in standard state of tune and will suprise you with how nice it feels and how much torque is available.

    Not one to push you in your seat this does however feel very evenly matched to the weight of the car and can push you along quite nicely when asked of it and is pretty polite when it comes to taking a sip of fuel.


    Affectionately named "Harley" this is a car with oodles of character. Having never been welded underneath it is hard to find such a nice Capri  but we feel Harley is a really nice and straight example of the breed.

    Is there a better looking coupe at sensible money? No we think Capris are looking better with each day that passes.

    The door bottoms are free from any corrosion as is the inner wings and bootfloor. Harley has a factory sunroof fitted and really looks the part in his very rare and desirable "Nimbus Grey" paintwork.

    All decals are present and correct and they are in remarkably good condition.

    The cars overall condition is fantastic and Harley is a rust free example.

    This is a car that can be polished on a Sunday and taken for a drive to show off why Capris with their long bonnets and exotic looks are now more relevant than they ever have been.



    The interior is in excellent condition finished in the ‘Truro II’ cloth trim (code XE) with matching door and quarter panel inserts.  The original material to the seats is spotless and remarkably wear free and the colour matched carpeting and headlining are both clean and free from discoloration.

    The carpets are in excellent condition and are of a quality you will not see in a chinese built supermini of the current era.

    When sat in a Capri you feel at one with the car, it feels sporty , it feels like a "CAR" it feels mechanical and it feels great!

    There is a standard Ford Radio fitted but cleverley brought upto 2018`s standards with an ipod or MP3 Aux in facility so you can play your tracks through the radio. Of course you will be playing ELO or Fleetwood Mac as we would be disappointed if you didn`t.

    There is the rear parcel shelf fitted which is working but has a bit of wear.

    The controls and switches are all working as they should and the heater blows nice cool or hot air just like cars used to and no fuss unlike the over complicated climate control systems of today.

    The dials are not the brightest when in the dark as per the usual 1980`s Ford dimly lit dashboard ,but you can still see what you need to see.

    Overall a lovely cossetting place to sit and far more stylish, comfortable and sporty than any 1980`s Ford has any right to be.


    Not the fire breathing monster the 2.8i can be, however this little 1600 Laser more than holds its own, if you value linear, uncorrupt steering with a beautiful feel of the road through the perfectly shaped 3 spoke steering wheel then you are in for a treat. The same applies to the gearbox, With a swift action, light , positive in its actions there really has been no advancement in the modern motorcar in this vital connection with a cars heart.

    You change gear in this car because you want to not because you need to, its the same with the overall drive. I had never driven a Capri before this one and can assure you it certainly is an eye opening drive when you consider the cars humble origins. 

    The ride is comfortable but never floaty and the car communicates to you with every word sent to you through your fingertips.

    If this car could drive over brail then you would understand the sentence through the wheel it is that good.


    As is usual the yearly road tax cost is £245 


    This has 4 matching and excellent tyres on Ford RS 4 spoke Alloys in near perfect condition.

    Front drivers = 5mm

    Front passenger = 5mm

    Rear Drivers = 6mm

    Rear Passenger = 6mm 


    No extras, just the promise of a beautiful drive and an appreciating asset


    This Capri has a fully stamped Ford service book and was last serviced at a Ford main dealer in June 2017 at 60,032 miles.

    We have the current V5 and the old style V5, it has majority of old Mot`s and plenty of receipts etc.

    The Mot`s back up the very low mileage so you can be assured of this cars provinence. 


    Standard Capri Laser brakes are well up to the job of stopping this car. She brakes in a straight line and all Discs and pads etc have plenty of life left in them and work just as Ford intended.


    The Capri Mk III was referred to internally as "Project Carla", and although little more than an update of the Capri II, it was often referred to as the Mk III.[46] The first cars were available in March 1978, and sold very well initially. The concept of a heavily facelifted Capri II was shown at the 1976 Geneva show: a Capri II with a front very similar to the Escort RS2000 (with four headlamps and black slatted grille), and with a rear spoiler, essentially previewed the model some time before launch. The new styling cues, most notably the black "Aeroflow" grille (first used on the Mk I Fiesta) and the "sawtooth" rear lamp lenses echoed the new design language being introduced at that time by Ford of Europe's chief stylist Uwe Bahnsen across the entire range. Similar styling elements were subsequently introduced in the 1979 Cortina 80, 1980 Escort Mk III and the 1981 Granada Mk IIb. In addition, the Mk III featured improved aerodynamics, leading to improved performance and economy over the Mk II, and the trademark quad headlamps were introduced. The bonnet's leading edge was pulled down over the top of the headlamps, making the appearance more aggressive.[46]

    At launch the existing engine and transmission combinations of the Capri II were carried over, with the 3.0 S model regarded as the most desirable model although the softer, more luxurious Ghia derivative with automatic, rather than manual transmission, was the bigger seller of the two V6-engined models.

    Ford began to focus their attention on the UK Capri market as sales declined, realising the car had something of a cult following there. Unlike sales of the contemporary four-door Cortina, Capri sales in Britain were mostly to private buyers who would demand less discounts than fleet buyers, allowing for higher margins on the coupé. Ford tried to maintain interest in 1977 with Ford Rallye Sport, Series X, "X Pack" options from the performance oriented RS parts range. Although expensive and slow selling these proved that the press would enthusiastically cover more developed Capris with higher performance.

    However, the rise in popularity of "hot hatchbacks" and sports saloons during the early 1980s saw demand for affordable sports car fall throughout Europe. Between 1980 and 1983, Ford launched the Fiesta XR2, Escort XR3/XR3i and Sierra XR4i, all of which sold well but their introduction onto the market saw a decline in Capri sales even in the UK. Several of its competitors had already been discontinued without a direct replacement, most notably British Leyland's MG B which was not directly replaced when the Abingdon factory which produced it was closed in 1980. Vauxhall had launched coupe versions of its MK1 Cavalier in the late 1970s but when the MK2 Cavalier was launched in 1981 there were no coupe versions. Renault did not replace its Fuego coupe which was discontinued in the mid 1980s.

    Despite being the most popular sporting model in Britain for most of its production life, the third generation Capri was also one of the most stolen cars in Britain during the 1980s and early 1990s, being classified as "high risk" of theft in a Home Office report.[47]

    The 3.0 S was used extensively in the TV series The Professionals in the early 1980s, with characters Bodie driving a silver 3.0 S and Doyle a gold 3.0 S, which was credited with maintaining interest in the car in the UK.[citation needed]

    On 30 November 1984 production of Capris for the European market ceased, from then on it would only be produced in right-hand drive form for the British market. Ford had decided not to launch a direct successor to the Capri, as it did not feel that demand for affordable coupes in Europe was sufficient enough for a new Capri to be developed. Ford was, however, enjoying success with high performance versions of the Fiesta, Escort and Sierra, which appealed mostly to buyers who might have been expected to buy a Capri before 1980.

    Ford made a return to the coupe market in Europe when the American built Probe was made available to European buyers from 1994. This car was less successful, and was withdrawn after just three years. Its successor, the Cougar, was also built in the States but was only imported to Europe for two years after its 1998 launch. The smaller Puma, produced from 1997 to 2002, was more successful, but Ford did not replace it directly, instead launching faster versions of the Fiesta and Focus hatchbacks soon after the Puma's demise. The Puma was the last coupe that Ford has produced for the European market until the American built Mustang was introduced in both right and left hand drive and sold in both Europe and the UK.