Cologne's all-conquering Capri

The Capri was launched in 1969 as the European counterpart to the wildly popular Mustang in the USA. Ford had been using motor racing as their main marketing tool throughout the sixties and it came as no surprise that Jochen Neerpasch, head of the Motorsport Department in Cologne, was delegated to turn the Capri into a race winning car. The RS2600 was the initial Group 2 offering, homologated on the fastest Capri sold in Germany, this was good enough for class wins in the European Touring Car Championship but Ford wanted the main prize.

This 1972 Ford Capri RS2600, is one of three RS2600s that were built in the Cologne factory to be raced and maintained by Ford Motor Company in the 1972 season. After clinching the 1972 European Touring Car Championship, this Capri RS2600 was modified and raced in the 1973 season; where it stayed competitive until it was sold to a buyer in the United States in 1974. This Capri is also the only works Capri that was entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, once in 1972 and then again in 1973.

Photos: © Remi Dargegen / Historic Cars.