Wednesday, 18 November 2015

JPS Cosworth Capri

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

This Capri has a very keen retro vibe. That might seem like a truism, but I'm not just referring to the fact that it's an early 1980s Ford, and thus inherently of a certain age that may be considered as such; no, it's more that the way in which it's been modified harks back to the overblown excesses of the 1970s. It's Street Machine. It's Custom Car. It's got a whole lot going on and it certainly won't be to all tastes, but you can't argue with the commitment and effort that's been put into it.

Take the colour scheme, for starters. The black-and-gold JPS livery evokes the Formula One cars and fast-road Lotuses of the era; you could, of course, buy a bona fide JPS Capri in the mid-seventies, but that simply wore a tasteful golden pinstripe. This is something else.
There's rumbling mischief beneath the bonnet too, in the form of the venerable Cosworth 24v V6 as found in the Scorpio 24v. This forthrightness is augmented by a raft of gauges, a boisterous rear diffuser, a sodding great wing, buckets 'n' harnesses, Wilwood brakes, jutting Escort forest arches, little spinner pastiches on the Minilites, and Mustang-style side window grilles. It's an assault on the senses, and it makes no apologies for its outrageousness. That's something to be respected.

Spotted at the Classic Motor Show - more pics here.

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