We are pleased to offer on behalf of one of our clients this very rare 1973 Ford Capri RS 2600.
For many years, 2shores has been offering selected, finest grade examples of rare and unique collector cars. This highly original 1973 Ford Capri RS is one of those examples!
The Ford Capri is a fastback Coupe built by Ford of Europe, designed by Philip T. Clark, who was also involved in the design of the Ford Mustang. Although a fastback Coupe, Ford wanted the Capri Mk I to be affordable for a broad spectrum of potential buyers. To help achieve that, it was available with a variety of engines. A new 2637 cc version of the Cologne V6 engine assembled by Weslake and featuring their special all alloy cylinder heads appeared in September 1971, powering the Capri RS2600. This model used a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection to raise power to 150 PS (110 kW) and was the basis for the Group 2 RS2600 used in the European Touring Car Championship. The RS2600 also received a modified suspension, a close ratio gearbox, lightened bodywork panels, ventilated disc brakes and aluminum wheels. It could hit 100 km/h from a standstill in 7.7 seconds. Sport car enthusiasts and period motorsport journalists in Germany often dubbed those RS Capris “Porsche killers”.
Germany's Dieter Glemser won the drivers title in the 1971 European Touring Car Championship at the wheel of a Ford Köln entered RS2600 and fellow German Jochen Mass did likewise in 1972. The Ford vs BMW Touring car race battles were legendary in Europe and ever since, both the Capri RS and the BMW CSL have become true legends among car enthusiasts and collectors.
The RS2600 was discontinued in December 1973 after only 3532 examples had been completed. Most were sold in Germany, France, Austria and Belgium. Famously, the one millionth Capri was an RS2600 completed on August 29th 1973.
The Ford Capri RS was never sold officially in the United States due to emission regulations. These cars were only produced in limited numbers for the European markets and they usually do not to come to market often. It is widely believed less than 100(!!) original RS examples still exist today with most of them in firm collector hands and rarely offered for sale.
Our car on offer is an Italian delivery and lived most of its life in sunny and dry Italy. The car had two owners in Italy and was bought by a German collector a few years ago, so only 3 owners in total. This is a highly original and un-modified Capri RS with one repaint to original specification many years ago. Benefitting from a life in Mediterranean climate, the car is without any rust or corrosion and we have seen no indication of any accidents ever. The car was also never raced!
The paint shows some patina but can generally be described as very good. The interior is 100% complete, authentic and un-restored. The Italian sun had some effect on the dashboard (the seam comes slightly apart) and the rear seats. Given the originality of the interior we would recommend only very little touch up repairs to preserve the outstanding original condition of the unique RS interior. Most RS cars have been restored once or twice, often using wrong materials or aftermarket parts. An original complete RS interior is hard to find, making this a very rare piece indeed.
Under the current ownership, the engine was recently completely rebuilt and a larger 2.8l block was used to gain more power and reliability. The original Kugelfischer injection system was also rebuilt and installed. All work was performed by well-known and respected specialist Tost Motorsport in Germany. The engine is very strong and estimated to put out about 200 hp. Only break in miles since rebuild.
The cars history is nicely documented with Italian registration and title copies preserved and with the original RS owner’s manual.
This is a very rare opportunity to acquire one of the very few, original Ford Capri RS 2600 still existing today.
Please study all the photos closely to evaluate the condition of this car!
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