Big news for fast Ford fans—the Sebring Red V6-engined RS3100 you see above has smashed the record for the price paid for a Capri, fetching £74,250 (almost P5 million) at Classic Car Auctions’ Summer Sale. Good grief.
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As you might have guessed, this isn’t just any RS3100. Built in 1972 at Ford’s Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility in England, it was the pre-production prototype that was used for the photographs in the sales brochure and handbook of the 249 homologation special production cars that followed in 1973.
It differs slightly from the production cars with fixed rear windows, a flat three-spoke steering wheel, and black rocker covers rather than blue.
Chassis BFECRK was kept by AVO until 1975, when it was sold to the owner who recently put it up for auction. They used it as a daily driver, clocking up over 100,000km before putting it into storage in 1982. It sat there until earlier this year when it was recommissioned, hence the very strong auction price.
The one owner made a decent profit, too, with the 1975 bill of sale showing that they paid AVO just £1,500 (P100,000) for the prototype. Nice.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.
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