Ford Capri 3000 GT V6
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4
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.