here is how the last offering from Aveley the RS3100 was
announced to the press on 8th November 1973: PRESS RELEASE
CHAMPION DRIVER UNVEILS 125 MPH CAPRI
THE CAPRI RS3100
Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations will unveil a new 125-mph
high-performance model of the Capri at the 1973 Scottish
Motor Show which will be opened by world champion driver
Jackie Stewart at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, on Friday November
The Capri RS3100 will be sold only by Ford Rallye Sport
Dealers in Great Britain and is based on the Capri 3000GT.
It features a special gas flowed 3.1 litre V6 engine, a
dual circuit braking system with ventilated front wheel
disc brakes, four halogen headlamps, wide alloy sports road
wheels, competition developed suspension and, for added
high-speed directional stability, an air dam mounted beneath
the front quarter bumpers and a prominent rear end spoiler
mounted onto the boot lid.
3.1 litre V6 Engine
In its 3.1 litre form, the Ford V6 engine develops 148 bhp
at 5500 rpm and gives the new Capri RS3100 a maximum speed
in excess of 125 mph. The additional displacement of the
new engine has been achieved by increasing the cylinder
bores by 0.060. Power output has been further boosted
by paying particular attention to the engines gas
flow and hand finishing both the inlet and exhaust ports.
For ready identification the new 3.1 litre V6 engines
valve covers are painted in a distinctive blue.
Ventilated Disc Brakes
To cater for its increased performance, the new Capri features
a dual-circuit braking system with servo-assisted 9.75
diameter ventilated front wheel disc brakes and 9
diameter by 2.25 wide drums at the rear. The entire
system is self-adjusting.
The lowered and stiffened competition-developed suspension
provides exceptional handling, yet still retains a good
level of ride. Special gas/oil filled shock absorber units
are used at both the front and rear, and relocated track
control arms give front wheel negative camber. At the rear,
single leaf springs replace the usual multi-leaf layouts
of other models in the Capri range.
Distinctive Body Style
The front wheel arches of the Capri RS3100 are specially
flared to accommodate the 6 wide rim alloy sports
wheels, which are fitted with high speed radial ply tyres.
Other distinctive body features include the four halogen
headlamp system and a refinement of an air dam mounted beneath
the front quarter bumpers and a large rear end spoiler which
is mounted onto the boot lid. The adoption of body spoilers
at both front and rear not only assist the new Capris
directional stability but also its maximum speed.
The front quarter bumpers, the full width rear bumper, both
the front and rear end spoilers, the boot lid and the rear
aeroflow extractor vents are finished in black. There is
a choice of seven distinctive body colours, including one
metallic finish. All models have a unique gold body coachline
together with matching bonnet and rear end decals.
A padded sports safety wheel and static seat belts are offered
as standard equipment and the interior of all Capri RS3100s
is finished in black vinyl. The comprehensive instrumentation
set in a matt black padded facia panel includes a speedometer,
with odometer and trip recorder, tachometer, an ammeter
and gauges for oil pressure, water temperature and fuel.
The close ratio four speed all syncromesh gearbox is controlled
by a short floor mounted lever and there is no option of
Although the new Capri RS3100 has been designed, developed
and will be marketed by Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations,
the new model will be built in the Ford plant Halewood on
Merseyside together with all other Capris produced
Display at Kelvin Hall
The new Capri RS3100 will be displayed in a special hall
of honour at Kelvin Hall alongside the 1973 Tyrrell Ford
which Jackie Stewart drove to gain his third World Championship
victory. As part of his new responsibility as consultant
at Ford, Jackie Stewart will be involved in further development
of the new Capri.
Recommended maximum retail price for the Capri RS3100 is
Price Car Tax V.A.T. Total
RS3100 £2026.45 £166.86 £219.33 £2412.64
The price quoted is the recommended price, which includes
delivery to Ford Rallye Sport Dealers in Great Britain (excluding