• Ford Capri RS3100

    Ford Capri RS3100

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    Well here is how the last offering
    from Aveley the RS3100 was announced to the press on 8th November 1973: PRESS
    RELEASE

    WORLD CHAMPION DRIVER UNVEILS
    125 MPH CAPRI

    THE CAPRI RS3100
    Ford Advanced Vehicle
    Operations will unveil a new 125-mph high-performance model of the Capri at the
    1973 Scottish Motor Show which will be opened by world champion driver Jackie
    Stewart at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, on Friday November 9th.

    The Capri RS3100
    will be sold only by Ford Rallye Sport Dealers in Great Britain and is based on
    the Capri 3000GT. It features a special gas flowed 3.1 litre V6 engine, a dual
    circuit braking system with ventilated front wheel disc brakes, four halogen
    headlamps, wide alloy sports road wheels, competition developed suspension and,
    for added high-speed directional stability, an air dam mounted beneath the front
    quarter bumpers and a prominent rear end spoiler mounted onto the boot
    lid.

    3.1 litre V6 Engine
    In its 3.1 litre form, the Ford V6
    engine develops 148 bhp at 5500 rpm and gives the new Capri RS3100 a maximum
    speed in excess of 125 mph. The additional displacement of the new engine has
    been achieved by increasing the cylinder bores by 0.060”. Power output has been
    further boosted by paying particular attention to the engine’s gas flow and hand
    finishing both the inlet and exhaust ports. For ready identification the new 3.1
    litre V6 engine’s valve covers are painted in a distinctive
    blue.

    Ventilated Disc Brakes
    To cater for its increased
    performance, the new Capri features a dual-circuit braking system with
    servo-assisted 9.75” diameter ventilated front wheel disc brakes and 9” diameter
    by 2.25” wide drums at the rear. The entire system is self-adjusting.

    Competition Suspension
    The lowered and stiffened competition-developed suspension
    provides exceptional handling, yet still retains a good level of ride. Special
    gas/oil filled shock absorber units are used at both the front and rear, and
    relocated track control arms give front wheel negative camber. At the rear,
    single leaf springs replace the usual multi-leaf layouts of other models in the
    Capri range.

    Distinctive Body Style
    The front wheel arches of
    the Capri RS3100 are specially flared to accommodate the 6” wide rim alloy
    sports wheels, which are fitted with high speed radial ply tyres. Other
    distinctive body features include the four halogen headlamp system and a
    refinement of an air dam mounted beneath the front quarter bumpers and a large
    rear end spoiler which is mounted onto the boot lid. The adoption of body
    spoilers at both front and rear not only assist the new Capri’s directional
    stability but also its maximum speed.

    The front quarter bumpers, the full
    width rear bumper, both the front and rear end spoilers, the boot lid and the
    rear aeroflow extractor vents are finished in black. There is a choice of seven
    distinctive body colours, including one metallic finish. All models have a
    unique gold body coachline together with matching bonnet and rear end
    decals.

    Black Interior
    A padded sports safety wheel and static
    seat belts are offered as standard equipment and the interior of all Capri
    RS3100’s is finished in black vinyl. The comprehensive instrumentation set in a
    matt black padded facia panel includes a speedometer, with odometer and trip
    recorder, tachometer, an ammeter and gauges for oil pressure, water temperature
    and fuel.

    The close ratio four speed all syncromesh gearbox is controlled
    by a short floor mounted lever and there is no option of automatic
    transmission.

    Although the new Capri RS3100 has been designed, developed
    and will be marketed by Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations, the new model will be
    built in the Ford plant Halewood on Merseyside together with all other Capri’s
    produced in Britain.
    Display at Kelvin Hall
    The new Capri
    RS3100 will be displayed in a special hall of honour at Kelvin Hall alongside
    the 1973 Tyrrell Ford which Jackie Stewart drove to gain his third World
    Championship victory. As part of his new responsibility as consultant at Ford,
    Jackie Stewart will be involved in further development of the new
    Capri.

    Price
    Recommended maximum retail price for the Capri RS3100 is as follows:
    Price Car Tax V.A.T.Total
    RS3100 £2026.45 £166.86 £219.33 £2412.64
    The price quoted is therecommended price, which includes delivery to
    Ford Rallye Sport Dealers in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland).