Aston Martin Tickford Capri
Tickford Capri 2.8 T (208 Cv) of 1982 is a model of Aston Martin's Tickford Capri range, including automobiles of various displacements and years of production. The car features a gasoline-powered 2.8 T (208 Cv) engine with 208 (hp) horsepower. The company initially introduced the model of Tickford Capri in 1982. This statement explains why we're looking at an Aston Martin that's been around for 40 years.
History of Aston Martin Tickford Capri
Aston Martin Tickford was established in 1981 as an engineering service subsidiary of the company. The small company was allowed to perform specialty work for other car manufacturers and signed a deal with Ford to create the Tickford Capri in late 1981. It appeared at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1982, but by the middle of 1983, Ford had backed out of the deal. With Aston Martin's shifting fortunes, the company switched to a purpose-built facility in Milton Keynes under the completely separate possession of CH Industrials plc. Despite doing a lot of unseen, "back-room" engineering projects for big automakers, they managed to gain the most publicity by introducing additional engineering and tuning to its coachbuilder roots. This approach enabled them to produce unique products like Ford's 140 mph, turbocharged Tickford Capri. Tickford collaborated with MG on the Maestro Turbo and Ford on the road-going Sierra Cosworth RS500 and the RS200 homologated variant following the Capri. These vehicles were built in a plant in Coventry, and an interior architecture section for subterranean and regular train cars was established in Nuneaton. Tickford also created the hood for the Jaguar XJS cabriolet. Tickford converted the vehicles personally, but they were so popular that Jaguar built a convertible manufacturing line to keep up with demand. Tickford manufactured the first Tickford Capri cars in November 1983, who opted to go it alone. In the end, they built a total of 85 vehicles before they stopped manufacturing in 1987.
You can buy a used 1984 Aston Martin Tickford Capri with 40,000 miles on it for £34,000 - £40,000 ($45,281 - $53,272). Ten years ago, you might have bought a lesser mileage version for only £20,000 ($26,632). Still, in today's highly competitive Ford market, everything fast and unique is only going up, and it doesn't get much quicker or rarer than the Tickford Capri.
Electrically tinted windows, standard Recaro velour covered seats, a manual sunroof, a walnut burr fascia cut with a leather surrounding environment, and leather wrapping for the steering wheel and rear quarter panels are all standard features inside the car. They included a leather map compartment in front of the passenger. At the back, 10.4-inch ventilated disc brakes with an integrated handbrake system from the racing Capris are installed, while the front retains the standard vented discs. The brakes are unexpectedly effective, with solid pedal pressure and consistent braking at every turn. They made the car with sophisticated suspensions available in the market. The front suspension is standard with Bilstein dampers, and the rear an additional locating 'A' links. The company integrated front air dam and grille blank, sill skirts, and rear spoilers with rear lower valance.
The Aston Martin Tickford Capri is a fuel-injected V6 (2792cc). When it was time to drive somewhere fast, a simple downshift and some gas pedal pressure produced V8-like power. The Tickford Capri had as much power as a standard V8 of the day, with 260 ft-lb of torque over 3500 rpm. With 205 horsepower, the Capri could reach 60 mph in 6.7 seconds (vs. 8.0 for a typical Capri S). This was a supercar zone in the early 1980s. The top speed was around 140 mph, only 3 mph slower than a Porsche 924 Turbo.
On the 24th of January 1969, the Capri was unveiled to the press at the Brussels Motor Show, causing controversy. The 2.8 Injection, a super sporty variant for the 1982 model year, made its début at the Geneva Motor Show. The upgrade increased the power to 160bhp, allowing for a top speed of 130mph (209kph).