Capri 280 group debut at NEC Classic

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The Capri 280 group will make its debut at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show this year. The group is for past, present and future owners and fans of Ford’s final limited edition run out model of the Capri produced from 1969 to 1986, with nearly two million cars were produced during this period.
The 280 model was originally to be called Capri 500 with just 500 to be produced. However, a change of plan resulted in a name change to Capri 280, 1038 of which were produced on 18 and 19th December 1986 at Ford’s Niehl factory in Koln, Germany. This brought an end to Capri production.
 
All painted in Brooklands green metallic paint with a red and white coach line, the 280 had 15 inch 7 spoke RS alloy wheels fitted with 195/50 x 15” Pirelli P7 Cinturato Löw profile tyres. The interior was equipped with Recaro full Connolly leather seats in raven with red piping. The steering wheel and gear knob were covered in black leather trim.
   
The 280 is possibly the most sought after Capri nowadays with pristine models selling for in excess of £50,000! It is believed over half of the 280s produced still exist today.
   
With nearly 600 members worldwide, over 200 members own 280s. New members are always welcome to join the group which is proactive. It attended shows throughout the year, has specialist Capri spares available (many new genuine Ford old stock items), and also a specialist restorer among its membership. It also has specialist clothing and regalia available as well as a for sale and wanted facility.
   
2019 is a special year for the Ford Capri celebrating the 50th anniversary of the model. The group has attended a number of celebratory events throughout the year both in the UK and Germany. It was invited to three Ford Motor Company events at its Brentwood, Dunton and Niehl operations for Capri anniversary events plus a number of other Capri events.
   
For the NEC event, the display will be a recreation of the 280 models place in the Capri’s history. As the final Capri left the factory assembly line, Ford Germany conducted a farewell ceremony for the model known as Bye Bye Capri. The group will endeavour to create an accurate presentation of the well documented end of this iconic models production.