Ford Capri RS3100.
A total of 250 RS3100 Capri's were built, 249 during November 1973 at Halewood the other car
was built at South Ockendon before the others, this car could well be one of the 6 pre production
cars built as it differs from the other 249 in that it has fixed rear quarter windows, flat 3
spoke steering wheel and black finished rocker covers it was also used for the studio shots
which in turn were used on the Single Sheet Sales Brochure and the Supplementary Handbook the
latter being supplied with all production cars.
The RS3100 was based on a basic 3000GT there were no optional extras the only small differences
between cars were that some had red needles on the dashboard others white (as on Mk2), some had
imitation leather gear knobs others had plastic and some were fitted with inertia safety belts
although most had static.
Mechanically the RS3100 sported a Essex 3000V6 bored out to 3090cc with inlet manifold and
cylinder head ports hand polished everything else was as standard except the rocker covers
(with the exception of the car mentioned earlier) these were always painted blue.
The suspension was as used on the RS2600 with Bilstein shock absorbers all round a unique hub
and vented disc assembly along with Granada callipers up front, the front cross member was also
redrilled to give negative camber, single leaf springs with lowering blocks at the rear the rear
bump stop rubbers were also revised on the RS3100 as was the suspension (directors settings were
used) as opposed to the RS2600.
Other components i.e. gearbox, rear axle, anti roll bars were all standard 3litre items.
RS3100's were available in 7 different colours Diamond White, Daytona Yellow, Sebring Red,
Modena Green, Stardust Silver, Olympic Blue and Marine Blue all with gold decals around the
power bulge, around the rear of the car and a triple line down the sides care of the RPO
pack available at the time, externally the RS3100 also differed from the standard 3000GT with
quarter bumpers up front (the N/S bumper iron incorporating a towing eye) along with a bib
spoiler and a pair of spot lamp brackets which helped support the bumpers ( no spot lamps)
single piece rear bumper finished in black ( the rear incorporating 2 number plate lamps) and
a large Ducktail boot spoiler, all of these items were carried over from the RS2600 with
exception of the Ducktail spoiler.
The RS3100 was also fitted with the same unique flared front wings as the RS2600 along with the
equally unique RS 6x13 4 spoke alloy wheels.
On the inside of the car all RS3100's had black headlining and black PVCseats fitted all other
fitments were as the standard 3000GT Capri.
RS3100's were only sold through RS Dealerships, at the time a fuel crisis was on going and the
Mk2 Capri was waiting in the wings which resulted in the RS Capri being somewhat of a nightmare
to sell indeed Ford registered 23 of these cars for their Area Sales Managers to use in an
attempt to push sales these particular cars were offered at discount prices with very few miles
on them, and in June/July 1974 50 RS3100's were exported to Australia.
Finally apart from the items mentioned previously that make the RS3100 unique one important
area to check is the O/S inner wing the black and silver manufacturers plate where the
Chassis Number is stamped will always start with the letters BBECND followed by a 5 digit
number, next to this plate is another plate painted body colour the same Chassis Number will
appear on here as will the colour followed by the letter A i.e. "Sebring A" and at the bottom
the words SPA SPECIAL, the Chassis Number is also stamped on the inner wing where the suspension
re-inforcing plate is, reading anti clockwise from approx 6 o'clock position looking in the
engine bay from the O/S wing area.
At the time the RS3100 was the fastest Ford production car with 3,093cc producing 148bhp
@ 5,000rpm and 187lb.ft@ 3,000rpm this propelled the RS3100 from 0-60mph in approx 7.6 secs and
on to a top speed of 125mph.
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