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Ford Capri 3000 GT V6


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
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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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BERNIE VALENTINI
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ELEVEN AUSSIE FORGOTTEN GT CAPRI Mk1 "SPECIALS" c. Sept 1972
Towards the end of production, high demand for GT V6 3000 was partially satisfied when the last remaining 11 Bodies were equipped with UP-RATED 165HP Power Plant fresh out from UK as Australia and UK had run out of all the 144HP V6 Engines which were installed as standard in all 3003 GT V6 from 1970 to end of production of the Mk1 in Australia.

These uprated 165HP were fitted to Mk2 Capri as standard, which were never marketed in Australia.
The Body Shells were also reinforced on the "Eleven Specials", as were modified internal components of the Engine and Transmission and Final Drive
 
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