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Ford Capri

Ford Capri 3000 GT V6

1970 - 1972
Country:
United Kingdom
Engine:
6 cylinder
Capacity:
2994 cc
Power:
144bhp @ 5700rpm
Transmission:
Manual or Auto
Top Speed:
195 kmh
Number Built:
3,014 (Australia)
Collectability:
4 star
Ford Capri
Ford Capri 3000 GT V6
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4

Introduction



The Capri 3000GT was released into Australia in 25th February, 1970, and then only as a 4-speed manual. Although a little pricey, it was an immediate success, selling 1,502 units to the end of 1970.

The 3-speed Borg Warner 35 automatic version was released later in the year and sold some 167 units before years end.

"The new shape of power for the '70s" was how the official Ford brochure described the 3000GT. Click the sports shift a few sweet inches, press the pedal and inside ten seconds, the white line is slipping by at a mile a minute.

Under that long, black panelled bonnet a 3-litre V6 engine is answering the call of highway or track with a pulse-quickening 144 horsepower.

And like all fine pieces of precision machinery, Capri GT/V6 is designed, built and equipped to handle the muscle: Sports suspension, Wide track, Wide, safety-rim wheels shod with road-gripping radials, Servo-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes, Sports console housing a fast all-synchronised, close-ratio manual shift, or T-Bar automatic.

As for the inside story, you've got everything an international-class, high performance GT should have. There was everything for the ultimate in personal comfort to put the sheer joy back into driving.

Ford Australia sold a total of just over 3,000 V6 Capri's of which nearly 5 out of 6 sold was a manual. So, although automatics were scarcer than manuals, it's the manuals that everyone seems to want, and who can blame them.

    Capri 3000 GT V6 Engine Specifications:

  • Engine Type: 6 cylinder 60 degree vee formation, OHV Crossflow
  • BHP: 144bhp @ 4750rpm
  • Torque: 192.5 lb ft @ 3000rpm
  • Bore & Stroke: 93.66mm x 72.44mm / 3.69in x 2.85in
  • Displacement: 2994cc / 182.7cu in
  • Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
  • Carburettion: Weber 40 DFAV 2-barrel
  • Wheels and Tyres: 5-inch wide x 13 safety-rim wheels with 175 x 13 radial-ply tyres.
  • Gear Ratios:
    Manual Transmission, 1st - 3.16:1; 2nd - 2.21:1; 3rd - 1.41:1; 4th - 1.00:1; Reverse - 3.35:1
    Borg Warner 35 three speed automatic, 1st - 2.393:1, 2nd - 1.450:1, 3rd - 1.00:1, Reverse - 2.094:1

Known prices for the Australian 3000GT models ranged as follows:

MODEL MONTH / YEAR NEW PRICE
3000 GT Manual June, 1970 AUD $3,230.00
  March 1971 AUD $3,286.00
  June 1972 AUD $3,490.00
     
3000 GT Auto March 1971 AUD $3,546.00
  June 1972 AUD $3,750.00
     
Accessories    
Long Range Radio March, 1971 AUD $94.00
Sports Wheels March, 1971 AUD $92.00
Sports Steering Wheel March, 1971 AUD $26.00
Tinted/Laminated Windscreen March, 1971 AUD $51.00

Australian Capri 3000GT Production:

TYPE 1970 1971 1972 TOTALS
GT 3000 Manual 1,502 495 462 2,459
GT 3000 Auto 167 225 163 555
TOTALS 1,669 720 625 3,014

Notes:

  1. All Capris were assembled from UK-sourced knockdown kits at Fords Homebush Plant in Sydney, NSW.
  2. Production of all Capri models ceased in November 1972, though some were still being sold into 1973

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Paul
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Hi Mick,
I have a 1970 V6 Ford Capri which I am just about to sell.
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Mick
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Hi
I am in the market to buy a manual 1972 v6 Capri in good condition .
I am busy have limited time to restore car any comments would be great .thanks mick
shelby
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Hi there. I recently found and purchased an original 71 GT V6 Capri in original track red. Although I have the original engine. I am looking for another. any leads boys?
BEEVEE
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PLEASE TAKE NOTE............If you, or anyone you know, have any collectable old car you would like to see preserved by a collector who will buy, love, and preserve your memories, and will sign an agreement not to re-sell for minimum 10 years, please contact Bernie on 0397868187 after 3PM most days.
Before I die, I would like to own a HK Monaro V8, (pref Yellow GTS) !
.........buggered if I can even find one !
BEEVEE
Posted Recently
Thanks to a gentleman called Phil from a major regional town in Victoria, I am now the proud owner of a 1972 GTV6 that has the unique Up-rated "D"port 165 HP Engine which only the last eleven Mk1 in Australia ever got.It was also unofficially known as the
Mk1,1/2 as the Gearbox and Diff were different as well.... This beautiful car was kept under blankets in his garage for 15 years and never driven. After adding Shell VeePower to boost the stale LEADED fuel still in the tank, filling G/box with oil, and replacing perished/leaking fuel lines, I drove that Machine over 250kms home without one mishap, albeit with a noisy worn-out water pump, and one weak cylinder due to a burnt ex valve........ On that trip, with my wife following in a modern Prado, we passed no fewer than 3 broken down newish cars less than 10 years old ! This 1972 un-modified GTV6 Capri put them to absolute shame. Being a mechanic of over 40 years, I admit newer cars like my son's BMW E39 523i are extremely nice and extravagant with every creature-comfort known to man on-board, but this Capri GTV6, just like my early Falcons 351V8's and my Slant 6 Valiant and my other "old" cars just make me feel so alive and switched on, as I am driving the car and I am in full control; not the other way round, and I am loving every second of it!.... When I see the stupid Factory faults that occur on all post 1995 vehicles that get towed into my and my colleagues workshops, I despair for their owners, and it reinforces why I will never sell my reliable old cars that NEVER once have let me down or left me stranded in over 40 years. My newest car, a 1988 HJ61 White Lightning 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Turbo Diesel, after 26 years, still has freezing Air plus Power Steer plus Power Clutch plus elec everything, without one fault in 26 years, and I could want for nothing more!.......... Drive safe everyone.
BEEVEE
Posted Recently
Thanks to a gentleman called Phil from a major regional town in Victoria, I am now the proud owner of a 1972 GTV6 that has the unique Up-rated "D"port 165 HP Engine which only the last eleven Mk1 in Australia ever got.It was also unofficially known as the
Mk1,1/2 as the Gearbox and Diff were different as well.... This beautiful car was kept under blankets in his garage for 15 years and never driven. After adding Shell VeePower to boost the stale LEADED fuel still in the tank, filling G/box with oil, and replacing perished/leaking fuel lines, I drove that Machine over 250kms home without one mishap, albeit with a noisy worn-out water pump, and one weak cylinder due to a burnt ex valve. on that trip, with my wife following in a modern Prado, we passed no fewer than 3 broken down newish cars less than 10 years old ! The 1972 un-modified GTV6 Capri put them to absolute shame. Being a mechanic of over 40 years, I admit newer cars like my son's BMW E39 523i are extremely nice and extravagant with every creature-comfort known to man on-board, but this Capri GTV6, just like my early Falcons 351V8's and my Slant 6 Valiant and my other "old" cars just make me feel so alive and switched on, as I am driving and I am in full control; not the other way round, and I am loving every second of it. When I see the stupid Factory faults that occur on all post 1995 vehicles that get towed into my and my colleagues workshops, I despair for their owners, and it reinforces why I will never sell my reliable old cars that NEVER once have let me down or left me stranded in over 40 years. My newest car, a 1988 HJ61 White Lightning 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Turbo Diesel has freezing Air plus Power Steer plus Power Clutch plus elec everything, and I could want for nothing more. Drive safe everyone.
bett
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we have owned 1971 GT V6 3000 XLR since 1979 in NZ. thinking of selling, but need help with a price - any ideas. there is a 3000 E 1972 on Trademe NZ for $20,000, but we are sure our model are rarer we haven't seen any for sale.
Ttkg
Posted Recently
I owned an orange,black 3000 gt v6 as most who mention here that had the rare privilege to own one we all loved them for their looks and unbelievable speed and performance.
I always believe that ford made a huge mistake using the gt v8 falcons to beat Holden In touring cars and at Bathurst instead of this great car, I always beat anything that came at me including both the above cars.
They had two restrictions the first was the size of the inlet ports they restricted airflow, the second was the 5800 rpm limit that was easily fixed with an engine mod to the crankshaft once both were done they would run safely to 7500 rpms then they were absolute big car beaters.
To end I have owned several other performance cars and to this day the Capri is they only one my wife loved!
Jeremy
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I have one of these 1971 GT Capri Manual, I also have the original show room catalog. Has the same picture with girl behind car as is displayed on this site. Has original motor and used to be my everyday driver but has sat under covers for last 8 yrs or more. Could be time to look at either fixing her up and re regestering her or (Booo Hoooo) selling
old-fart
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I owned a '70 Crapi from '76 to '78. Bought it for $1100, it had cross ply tires, a schultz roof and electricians tape stripes on a red hand painted body. I was in Sydney but had to do a monthly trip to Lismore where I owned a business.Used to drive up Friday night and back Sunday night.500 miles, got it down to 7 hours. Had some good dices, a HO thru Buladeela creamed him and a Porsch down the Gosford expessway in the wet, he piked on the downhill to the Hawksbury bridge, I had a bike trailer with Mini Dunlop green spots
and was on the way home from a Short circut meeting at Tamworth.
Timing gear went at John's River on one trip, got towed to Taree and a back load to Sydney was $15 drove it from the depot home on 4 after taking out 2 plugs from the cylinders with bent valves.Painted it straight white no stripes no badges.Sold it 'cause the shock towers where cracking away from the rest of the body.I have a mate just rang me to brag about a Pirana he'd just bought so another Crapi would be good.
mick
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I have senn a couple of these for sale on the internet. They have been advertised as a1969 GT. Don't know this is right if the 1969 gt is a 4cyl 1600?
NEWTON FORREST
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had one of these bomb shells nice machine for its time,well designed and a nice driving mobile
jason
Posted Recently
finally stating my capri gt 72 model it had 12 500 bucks spent on the body and paint...now 15 years later its time yo start.
Mick
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I owned a 71 GT capri in the early 80's, research proved it was one of Barry Seatons race cars, that car absolutely screamed, i had it up to 160 mph with more pedal to go. I still haven't been in anything else that went anything like that car, like you Bullbar i still dream about it often. It was worked off it's head and turned heads where ever i went, I would love to own another one day but i would put decent brakes on it.
chris
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A great mate of mine had a fantastic (somewhat modified) V6 back in the late 80s. Still the fastest car I have ever driven. I am looking to purchase a decent condition example, hopefully not heavily modified.
gordo
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I've just bought a 72 V6 and it appears pretty original, but a little worse for wear having lived outside for the last 5 years. I'm going to strip it back, get the rust cuttout and bring it back to original. Underneath the current paint the original colour appears pink/purple. Where can I get technical stuff about colours and paint details/markings.
Bullbar
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I also owned a pristine v6 from 82-86. Sold it for a song. 1 week later it was written off. I love that car, one of the best sounding things around, understeered horribly, brakes were crap, but there was just something about it. Back in the 80's it was hard to get parts in Aus but nowdays with the internet etc, everything is available. I know it sounds weird but I still have dreams that I still own it. Anyhow one day I will find another and never sell it. Even after 24 years my mates still talk about it and they arent even petrol heads!
Tom
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oh man i want one of these. cant find any anywhere. they are all moddified. yeah they are worth around 15-25+ i suppose. maybe even more.
Sue
Posted Recently
Still have my original gt v6; had it for 27yrs now. Don`t know what to do with it, or what it is worth; nobody else seems to know either as they are so rare. It was my first car at 14 - any help? Still goes like a cut cat!!!
steve
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i owned a v6 capri in the early 80s and it looked so hot i wish i still had that car as it was the best and creamed gt falcons and holden 350 s for about 200 meters on the quarter mile but then they got me but it was still the best quickest car doing bog laps around town and thats all that maters.
MAz
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Just letting you knwo my partner owned a capri 3000 GT V6 in the early 80s and wot a joy it was to drive. whnei have got my act together i wouldlove to invest in one of them one of these days, just an awesone small car with a bit of power behind it.
raptoregal
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Once again from other views of this page, I appreciate the comprehensive, well organised layout and detailed accounts of the various models of this beautiful little car. When the V6 3000GT came out in Oz I had had my driving licence for 2months and my mates father bought one, same dark green met. as the then current Falcon GT, with sunroof option, while another mate's mother had a silver 1600 GT. Thanks for the chance to bring back the memory and actual feel of the only drive I have ever had of a V6 3000GT.
atis
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