Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310
Lot 43
1971 Ford Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé
Sold for € 80,500 (US$ 94,659) inc. premium

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Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310 Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version,1971 Ford  Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé  Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310
Ex-François Mazet, Clay Regazzoni, lightweight version
1971 Ford Capri RS 2600 Competition Coupé
Chassis no. GAEC KG 59310
•Works-built lightweight competition version
•Delivered new by Ford, Cologne to François Mazet
•Subsequently owned by Clay Regazzoni
•Eligible for the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic

Inspired by the success of the Mustang 'pony car' in the USA, Ford introduced the Capri - 'The car you've always promised yourself' - to the European market in 1968. The Capri's imaginative fastback styling was a relatively new departure for the 'Blue Oval' but beneath the skin the car remained typically Ford, sharing engines, gearboxes and many other components with the rest of the range, though the power units used by the British- and German-built versions differed somewhat.

Ford was pursuing a wide-ranging competitions programme at this time, 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. Today these ex-works Capris are among the most sought after of post-war Fords.

Built at Ford's competitions department in Cologne, this particular RS2600 is an original works 'plastic' lightweight version, and was one of the first six delivered by the factory bearing Cologne registration plates. Its original purchaser was French Formula 3 Champion, François Mazet, who kept the car for many years before ownership transferred to his friend, Clay Regazzoni, the Ferrari Formula 1 driver.

In more recent times the Capri has participated in four editions of the Tour Auto, achieving a 2nd place finish in Group G in 2009. The car also finished 3rd in the VHC Rallye d'Automne in 2008 and took part in that year's Tour of Spain, retiring from 6th place overall on the final day. The Capri was also successfully campaigned in the 2011 Tour Auto and is eligible for the 2018 event and the 2018 Le Mans Classic, an event in which it participated in 2006. We are advised that the engine produces 213bhp and that the car weighs a mere 905kg, making for an excellent power-to-weight ratio.

Accompanying documentation consists of a Ford letter (dated 1977) stating that the Capri was purchased new by Mazet; a copy of a Monaco Carte Grise when the car was registered to Regazzoni; a French Carte Grise; and old HTP papers from 2006.

Capri RS2600s are rare, and a works delivered car even rarer. Bonhams has no hesitation in recommending close inspection of this versatile historic racer, which is eligible for numerous prestigious events.
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