Two or three years ago, despite owning three Mk1 Capris already, I decided I wanted a
forth. The new addition had to be a certain model - a 1600GT XLR - and I
wanted it in the rare shade of Pacific Blue. And so started a "project"
that would cost thousands of pounds as well as many man hours.
I should point out at this juncture that I'm not a home restorer but I don't
mind getting my hands a little dirty and I enjoy hunting down the parts needed
for a restoration.
Mindful that Capri Mk1 parts are becoming very scarce, as well as looking for
the ideal project car, I also started gathering the spare parts I knew, from
past experience, I was likely to need. Wings, front valence, rear arch
repairs to name but a few of the more obvious items.
The story of this restoration is, largely by photographic evidence, intended to
open the eyes of today's potential restorers to what is involved in bringing
back to life one of the cars often seen in the classic magazine for sale columns
described as an "easy restoration project".
The tabs to the left take you through the restoration process step by step.
These will build up over a period of time.