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A pukka engine! Jamie Oliver’s 1970 Ford Capri is for sale

If you are looking for a classic ‘pukka’ car that is the perfect representation of a sought after 70’s Essex engine, look no further.

This stunning 1970 Ford Capri 3000GT is one of the best examples still on the road today – and it has some celebrity provenance to boot.

That’s because the seller is TV chef Jamie Oliver, with the Capri featured on the Channel 4 show Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feastand still has the window stickers to prove it.

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It is offered for sale by Hertfordshire-based collector car specialist Hilton & Moss.

The characterful coupe is sold directly from Mr Oliver’s private classic car collection, which is said to include a 1950s Land Rover Defender and a classic 1967 Ford Mustang owned by his wife, Jools.

The Capri is the car used by Jamie and fellow presenter and famed farmer, Jimmy Doherty, to drive to RAF Wittering for one of their popular cookery series shows.

While its connection to stardom will certainly add value to the Ford, the Capri is already a car currently catching the attention of collectors.

It was only recently that the record was broken for the highest price ever paid for the nameplate.

In June, a Ford Capri sold for a new world record price of £74,250. This model was the “Holy Grail” prototype vehicle used to develop the RS3100 Fast Ford of the time.

The car is a superb example of the Ford Capri 3000GT and is in pristine condition

The car is a superb example of the Ford Capri 3000GT and is in pristine condition

The Capri is the car used by Jamie Oliver (right) and fellow presenter Jimmy Doherty (left) to travel to RAF Wittering for one of their popular food series broadcasts.

The Capri is the car used by Jamie Oliver (right) and fellow presenter Jimmy Doherty (left) to travel to RAF Wittering for one of their popular food series broadcasts.

While its celebrity connection will certainly add value to the Ford, the Capri is already a car currently catching the attention of collectors.

While its celebrity connection will certainly add value to the Ford, the Capri is already a car currently catching the attention of collectors.

The famous brand with the blue ovals produced the Capri over an 18-year production cycle between 1968 and 1986.

Just under 1.9 million examples were sold, combining with its irresistible charm and formidable touring motorsport pedigree to lay the foundation for its cult status today.

A step up from the very first Capri models with smaller displacement 2.0-litre engines, the 3000GT was released in September 1969 with a 3.0-litre Essex Ford V6 petrol engine – representing the fastest Capri to date with a power of 138 hp.

Its four-speed synchromesh transmission is perfectly paired with the V6 powertrain for smooth shifting, while front-mounted disc brakes provide enhanced stopping power.

This particular 1970 example of the iconic Capri is in very good condition, having received a sympathetic restoration from the owner before the TV chef

This particular 1970 example of the iconic Capri is in very good condition, having received a sympathetic restoration from the owner before the TV chef

It shows as covering 52,389 miles in total, an average of about 1,000 miles since new about 52 years ago.

It shows as covering 52,389 miles in total, an average of about 1,000 miles since new about 52 years ago.

The four-seat coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre Essex Ford V6 petrol engine that produces a healthy 138bhp

The four-seat coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre Essex Ford V6 petrol engine that produces a healthy 138bhp

This particular 1970 example of the iconic Capri is in very good condition, having received a sympathetic restoration from the owner before the TV chef.

It shows as covering 52,389 miles in total, an average of around 1,000 miles from new 52 years ago.

Its glossy paintwork comes from a carefully executed repaint from its original color, changing from Amber Gold Metallic to Ermine White.

Delivering a hugely entertaining driving experience, the Capri has been meticulously inspected and tuned by Hilton & Moss technicians, ensuring the iconic car delivers the signature fun and smile of a Capri.

Jamie Oliver is known to have a great collection of classic cars.  He recently got permission to build a garage to store them all at his Essex mansion

Jamie Oliver is known to have a great collection of classic cars. He recently got permission to build a garage to store them all at his Essex mansion

Not only has the Capri been featured on the Channel 4 show, it still has the window stickers to prove it

Not only has the Capri been featured on the Channel 4 show, it still has the window stickers to prove it

Pricing is strictly on request, although recent auctions and sales suggest a similar example without the kudos from former celebrity owners is around £30,000.

Hilton Group founder Peter Hilton said: “Each vehicle offered for sale by Hilton & Moss brings its own history and character, and this fantastic example of the Ford Capri 3000GT from Jamie Oliver’s private collection does not no exception.

“It’s a true representation of the spirit and passion our dedicated teams have for classic vehicles, and we’re delighted to offer a discerning collector the chance to give this Capri a happy retirement from the spotlight!”

If the price of this Capri seems too high for you, another example that has made TV appearances is also up for grabs in a few months.

A 1982 Ford Capri 2.8 Injection driven by Alfie Moon – played by Shane Richie – in EastEnders between 2010 and 2016 goes in September with an estimate of £12,000-£15,000.

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