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Henry Ford II’s Personal Custom Capri Hits the Auction Block

Good news! We’ve determined your next auto. But before we tell you what it is, allow us to paint a picture of the conundrum that led to this Capri's customized creation.

Imagine you’re Henry Ford II, one of the stronger automotive administrations in the world. You’re pushing 65 and you’ve time married a gal nearly a quarter century your junior. You know, the one "youre calling" " Giggles"( or at least did until she held you switch to Kate ); the one you shot around Detroit while your wife Christina was jet-setting around the globe; the one who most decidedly wasn’t your partner when you two were attracted over in a Ford Granada for DWI in California in ’7 5.( When the Detroit Free Press asked you for an explanation of that little happen, you said one of your most famous quips: “Never complain, never explain.”)

Well , now you're going to England. So, what are you going to drive?

The self-evident pick would be to ship over a Mustang. After all, it’s 1981, and your company has ditched the loser Mustang II for the Fox-body Mustang. But the last time you carried cars to Europe( a sail of Lincoln Continental Mark IVs ), Volvo rent them off to create the horrid 262 C. Besides, it’s the morning of the ’8 0s, and Euro is cool.

No, what you need is a car that tells the locals that you’re still swinging in your 60 s: a Ford Capri. Although it was first introduced in 1969 as Europe’s answer to the Mustang, the Capri is still a sizzling razz in the United Kingdom--it even has a starring role in the hit-hip cop show, The Professionals. Too, the Capri is a known quantity, since your company sold it in the United Government as a Mercury( though this is the brand-new third-gen model, which never did make it to the U.S .).

No everyday Capri for you, though. After all, you’re" The Deuce"( or" Two Two", as Kate likes to call you ). Your Capri has the new 160 -hp fuel-injected 2.8 -liter V-6, the closest one can get to a V-8 in the arrive of bad weather and miserable food. It was hand-picked off the assembly line in Cologne, Germany, where it received extra quality checks and a few extra hairs for its two-tone paint job. It was delivered to the U.K ., then personally driven by Ford of Europe’s public relations chief to Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering( SVE) squad at the Dunton Technical Centre in Essex.

Once there, the SVE team fitted the car with a C-3 automatic gearbox.( The automated was a dealer option, but the changeover was normally carried out by a third-party company called Somar Transtec .) The vehicle received new custom-designed leather sets and entrance cards, and the driver’s seat was enlarged to accommodate ... gosh, how is impossible to employed this without abusive you, Mr. Ford ... your large-hearted ministerial status. The gondola was then sent to Turville Grange, the Ford family estate in Buckinghamshire.

But you are a man of ever-changing savor, your Deuceness, and a few months after your retirement in December 1982, you sold the car to Ron Mellor, Ford’s head of development. The car changed mitts a few hours, and of the 68,958 miles on its odometer, supposedly merely 6,800 have been added over the past 28 years.

Now your Capri 2.8 Injection has been rebuilt and is for sale in an online auction hosted by Car& Classic. The auction house expects it to sell for between PS25, 000 and PS35, 000 -- that’s about $35,000 to $50,000 in U.S. greenbacks. A fleck pricey for a Capri with an automatic drive( which, you’ll recall, is a detriment now but a scarcity in the UK ), but is it crazy money for a real-live piece of Ford family history? And besides, if you’re going to get plucked over while driving booze with your mistress, then it's better to be recognise in this than a Granada.

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