1972 Ford Capri Perana - Reader Ride

By: Kelly Ball

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We caught up with Kelly Ball and her Capri Perana our recent Rolling 30 recent at Sydney Motorsport Park

The Capri Perana was made in South Africa only. This is car 209 of only 500 made. It’s powered by a 302 Windsor engine. I have had this car for five years and owned four other Capris prior to this one, and they were all V6 GT models.

I found Perana as an unfinished project. It had most of the stuff done, but the engine was not running, the brakes didn’t work, and the interior was not completed, but it did have the six-point cage installed. I spent a couple of years fishing the car off. I did some of the work myself but had to get specialists to work on some of the stuff.

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I’ve always liked the Ford Capri, I got my first one when I was 19 years old, and I have always had one ever since. I really wanted to own a Perana, so I would randomly Google them for sale, and one day this one came up, so I grabbed it.

I think there’s only two or three Capri Peranas in Australia at the moment.

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It isn’t my daily driver; I just take it out on weekends and attend events like this. I couldn’t think of anything I don’t enjoy about driving this car; I love the old feel of it. It’s still got the old manual steering and standard gear box. People say I should upgrade those things, but I just love driving it the way it is, it has that nice old feel about it. To be honest, it probably could do with an extra gear, it has a four-speed gearbox and it runs high revs in top gear so a fifth gear would be nice but I’m not going to change it. The car is all original and unmodified, with all matching numbers just as it came out of the factory.

 

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