If you’re in the market for a ‘pukka’ classic car that is the perfect representation of a sought-after seventies Essex motor, then look no further.
This stunning 1970 Ford Capri 3000GT is one of the best examples still on the road today – and it has some celebrity provenance to boot.
That’s because the vendor is TV chef Jamie Oliver, with the Capri featuring in the Channel 4 show Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, and still has the window stickers to prove it.
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It is being offered for sale by Hertfordshire-based collectible car specialists, Hilton & Moss.
The character-filled coupe is being sold directly from Mr Oliver’s private classic car collection, which reportedly includes a 1950s Land Rover Defender and a classic 1967 Ford Mustang that belongs to his wife, Jools.
The Capri is the car used by Jamie and his fellow presenter and famous farmer, Jimmy Doherty, to drive to RAF Wittering for one of the shows in their popular cooking series.
While its celebrity connection will certainly add value to the Ford, the Capri is already a car that is attracting big attention from collectors right now.
Only recently the record was broken for the biggest price ever paid for the nameplate.
Back in June, a Ford Capri sold for a new world record price of £74,250. That model was the ‘Holy Grail’ prototype vehicle used to develop the RS3100 Fast Ford of the era.
The car is a stunning example of the Ford Capri 3000GT and is in top condition
The Capri is the car used by Jamie Oliver (right) and fellow presenter Jimmy Doherty (left) to drive to RAF Wittering for one of the shows in their popular cooking series
While its celebrity connection will certainly add value to the Ford, the Capri is already a car that is attracting big attention from collectors right now
The famous blue-oval brand produced the Capri over an 18-year production cycle between 1968 and 1986.
Just under 1.9 million examples were sold, combining with its irresistible charm and formidable, touring car-borne motorsport pedigree to lay the groundwork for its cult status today.
A true step up from very early Capri models equipped with smaller-displacement 2.0-litre engines, the 3000GT was released in September 1969 with a 3.0-litre Essex Ford V6 petrol engine – representing the fastest Capri to-date with a healthy 138bhp.
Its four-speed synchromesh transmission is perfectly paired with the V6 powerplant for smooth gear changes, while front-mounted disc brakes offer enhanced stopping power.
This particular 1970 example of the iconic Capri is in extremely good condition, having received a sympathetic restoration from the owner before the TV chef
It is showing as covering 52,389 miles in total, which is an average of around just 1,000 miles from new some 52 years ago
The four-seat coupe has a 3.0-litre Essex Ford V6 petrol engine that produces a healthy 138bhp
This particular 1970 example of the iconic Capri is in extremely good condition, having received a sympathetic restoration from the owner before the TV chef.
It is showing as covering 52,389 miles in total, which is an average of around just 1,000 miles from new some 52 years ago.
Its lustrous paintwork comes courtesy of a carefully executed respray from its original colour, transforming from Amber Gold Metallic to Ermine White.
Offering a superbly entertaining driving experience, the Capri has been meticulously inspected and adjusted by Hilton & Moss’ technicians, ensuring the iconic car delivers the fun and smiles characteristic of a Capri.
Jamie Oliver is known to have a large collection of classic cars. He was recently granted permission to build a garage to store them all at his mansion in Essex
Not only did the Capri feature in the Channel 4 show, it still has the window stickers to prove it
Price is strictly on application, though scouring recent auctions and sales suggests a similar example without the kudos of former celebrity ownership goes for around £30,000.
The Hilton Group Founder, Peter Hilton, said: ‘Every vehicle offered for sale by Hilton & Moss brings its own individual story and character, and this fantastic example of the Ford Capri 3000GT from Jamie Oliver’s private collection is no exception.
‘It’s a true representation of the spirit and passion that our dedicated teams have for classic vehicles, and we’re delighted to be offering a discerning collector the chance to give this Capri a happy retirement from the spotlight!’
If the price of this Capri seems too steep for you, another example that has made TV appearances is also up for grabs in a couple of months.
A 1982 Ford Capri 2.8 Injection driven by Alfie Moon – played by Shane Richie – in EastEnders between 2010 and 2016 is going to auction in September with an estimate of £12,000 to £15,000.