As ‘orrible spotty-arsed teenagers, we MotorPunks didn’t really get into fast Fords. Dr Octane was into BL stuff (mostly broken) and I was into Vauxhalls (mostly stolen). Rad was probably the wrong side of the iron curtain suffering Polonezesezes (or whatever the plural of Polonez is). There are no records of Simon pre 1998, or ‘evidence’ as he calls it. Anyway, thanks to Rad we have pics of this rather mad Ford Capri III to digest, snapped this weekend at a Pistonheads meet in Nottingham. But what exactly are we looking at?

The original Zakspeed Capri was built to compete in Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, it had a Cosworth BDA based inline 4 with twin turbos and an exotic body made from Kevlar panels over a space frame chassis. Klaus Ludwig won in ’81 with it and I’m sure we’ve seen one at Goodwood. All this makes us wonder what we’re looking at here and the ‘built not bought’ and Area 52 stickers add to the intrigue. It shows on AskMid as a Laser, the kind of Ford that drives a kid to Vauxhalls, or worse, BL. But I’m sure there’s something potent under that mad bodykit.

So, is this a Zakspeed Capri, or not? If you know more, drop us a line!


About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

One Response

  1. Ned

    Fugly looking car, if you ask me… Capris should be presented in their former glory


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