1972 Ford Capri RS 2600 Group 2
Lot 7
1972 Ford Capri RS2600 Group 2 Competition Coupe Chassis no. GAECMG87660
Sold for €34,500 (US$ 45,498) inc. premium
Lot Details
1972 Ford Capri RS2600 Group 2 Competition Coupe
Chassis no. GAECMG87660
By the end of the 1960s Ford was pursuing a wide-ranging global competitions programme, and with its UK operation concentrating on developing the Escort for rallying and circuit racing, Jochen Neerpasch, head of the Motorsport Department in Cologne, was delegated to start work on the racing Capri. Known as the 'RS2600', this would be based on the 2600GT, Ford of Germany's top-of-the-range model at the time, although Cologne's first efforts involved modified 2300GTs. A number of successes, including class wins, were achieved in international rallies in 1969 but it was already clear that the car's greatest potential was as a circuit racer.

In Group 2 racing trim the RS2600's Weslake-developed V6 engine was bored out to 2,995cc and equipped with Kugelfischer fuel injection and dry sump lubrication, in which form it developed in excess of 320bhp. The suspension, brakes and wheels were up-rated appropriately and the bodywork lightened by the extensive use of glassfibre panels. A ZF five-speed gearbox was standard equipment on the racing RS2600, the LHD-only production version, which retained the 2.6-litre engine, having to make do with a Ford four-speed unit. On the racetrack, the RS2600's finest achievement came in 1972 when works driver Jochen Mass, later to enjoy a successful Formula 1 career, was crowned European Touring Car Champion at the season's end.

First registered on 23rd August 1972, this rare Capri RS2600 has been fully prepared/restored to period Group 2 specification and is presented in generally excellent condition. Noteworthy features include Avon racing tyres on BBS rims; Bilstein shock absorbers all round; polyurethane silent block suspension bushes; Plexiglas side windows; Unibal suspension joints all round; Watts linkage to the rear; limited-slip differential; 60-litre ATL racing fuel cell; Aeroquip fuel and brake lines; Sparco Evo racing seat; 6-point harness; Sparco automatic fire extinguisher etc, all FIA homologated. The car comes with a condition/valuation report compiled in December 2010 by Cabinet Mrozinski SAS.

With values of BMW CSLs and Shelby Mustangs increasing, the RS2600 must surely represent good value and it should also be noted that RS2600s are eligible for the Tour Auto and numerous other prestigious historic events. It is believed that fewer than 100 RS2600s survive today.

Immatriculée pour la première fois le 23 août 1972, cette rare Capri RS2600, restaurée et totalement préparée selon les spécifications du Groupe 2 de l'époque, se présente en bon état général. Elle possède notamment les équipements suivants : pneus Avon racing sur jantes BBS, amortisseurs Bilstein sur les 4 roues, bagues de suspension en polyuréthane, glaces latérales en Plexiglas, rotules de suspension Uniball, parallélogramme de Watt à l'arrière, différentiel à glissement limité, outre de carburant de 60 litres, canalisations d'essence et de freins Aeroquip, siège compétition Sparco Evo, harnais 6 points, extincteur automatique Sparco, etc, tous homologués par la FIA. La voiture est accompagnée d'un rapport sur son état et sa valeur établi en décembre 2010 par le Cabinet Mrozinski SAS.

Alors que la cote des BMW CSL et des Shelby Mustang s'élève, la RS2600 ne peut que représenter un excellent investissement tout en notant que les RS2600 sont éligibles pour le Tour Auto et autres épreuves historique de prestige. On ne compterait aujourd'hui moins de 100 Capri RS2600 en existence.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the car will come with a French registration paper. Veuillez noter que la voiture sera accompagnée d'une carte grise française.
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