1986 Ford Capri 280 Turbo 2.8i
Intermittent electrical faults.
Steering rack needs replacement.
Corrosion around the front of the car.
I have always been a Capri fan, since my parents bought a brand new 1.6 GT4 in 1980. The shape was so evocative.
Now, 25 years later, I have my own 'ultimate' Ford Capri, a 280 (Brooklands) Turbo.
People told me the Tickford, a Capri modified by Aston Martin was the ultimate one to have, but I hated the bodykit added to them. Made the car look vulgar.
I also knew that there was a good percentage of 2.8 Injection Special and 280 Capri's modified by dealers when new, by Turbo Technics. They added 2 different types of turbo, one delivering 200bhp and another outputting 230bhp.
Mine is the 200 bhp.
That though, is more than enough thank you. The car doesn't feel like it has a turbo - normally you build the revs, then get a cutomary push in the back as the turbo kicks in. The turbo 280 feels more like a low pressure turbo, helping the engine as it revs. It pulls harder and harder the more it revs and sound absolutely glorious. It has a stainless steel single exit exhaust - (this is how you can tell a genuine Turbo Technics conversion - 1 tailpipe on a 2.8 Capri), this is so the turbo can regulate the pressure from each bank of pistons (being a V6 configuration), otherwise it would have needed twin turbos and that would have been a nightmare to balance correctly.
Overall, the car is in very good condition, bought from Affordable Classics in Great Yeldham, Essex.
It was bought in October 2004 with 69,000 miles on the clock, an excellent service history and 2 owners from new. The interior is in great condition, the leather hasn't been ripped or torn.
The front of each wing is starting to rust through. This had been repaired prior to my collecting the car, but as you would expect, it's coming back. I will replace the wings in due course and get the inner wings repaired at the same time - they always rust on Capri's.
I will also get the heads converted to run on unleaded in due course - I intend to keep this baby.
If you can find another, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Power, looks, noise, this car has everything - it turns heads EVERY TIME I take it out. 2.8 Capris are currently starting to rise in value, so even without the turbo, you had better be quick - they are only going one way in value!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2005