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Race against clock to revive classic Capri

Ford Capri restoration

A 1984 Ford Capri 2.8 Injection has been completely restored in just three days and is now up for auction.

The classic Ford was brought back to life at the recent Silverstone Classic event.

eBay, the festival’s official parts and accessories partner, challenged racing driver and car restorer Fergus Walkinshaw to revive the vehicle in front of a live audience.

Starting at 9am on Friday morning, Fergus and his team of skilled mechanics raced against the clock to restore the 130mph coupe with 85,000 miles on the clock.

Ford Capri restoration

They used a mixture of refurbished elements from the car and parts sourced from online marketplace eBay to get the car ready for its stage debut during the Mike Brewer Car Clinics on Sunday.

The finished car is now being auctioned on eBay at www.ebay.co.uk/restolive, with all proceeds going to the event’s official charity Prostate Cancer UK.

The mechanics had an extensive to-do list and got down to the task in hand with determination.

Day one was all about stripping, cleaning and painting. The front and rear suspension came out along with the interior, brakes and rear axle.

On day two, there was no rest with a full 14 hours of work on the car including re-fitting interiors after a deep clean, re-conditioning brakes, drivetrain and suspension before the final day which was all about the bodywork.

The team had to remove rust and dents and then do a complete polish before Fergus carefully placed the iconic orange stripe on the Capri.

“It took some real specialist knowledge to bring this Capri back to its former glory in less than three days, but the team is really proud of the end result,” said Fergus Walkinshaw, founder of FW Motorsport.

“You never know what you’re going to find when you take a 33-year-old car to pieces, but we did our homework and sourced all of the parts and accessories we thought we might need from eBay in the run up to the Silverstone Classic.

“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the eBay auction and hope the winning bidder raises a lot of money for Prostate Cancer UK.”

About Gareth Herincx

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