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Old 3 Jul 2009, 07:01 (Ref:2495321)   #1
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simon drabble should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridsimon drabble should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridsimon drabble should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Cologne Capri replica...

out of interest how much would it cost to buy a donor car and prepare the shell to full spec Cologne rolling chassis? I ask because I almost chocked on my coffee when I saw someoen trying to sell one on race cars direct for GBP97.5k - engine extra.

Am I missing something or is that quite a healthy margin?
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Old 3 Jul 2009, 07:34 (Ref:2495327)   #2
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Well I was offered CTCRC Group one championship winners rolling chassis complete as raced for £3k (and still winning as it won last weekend) and I believe its still for sale so I would think thats pie in the sky. I saw a couple of those Penske IROC things that I have one of advertised for ridiculous money ($150,000 and £100,000) and as far as I know neither sold.
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Old 3 Jul 2009, 09:32 (Ref:2495369)   #3
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A Gp2 Capri will set you back a substantial wedge. They aren't as expensive as the BMW but £125k as a going concern needing an engine rebuild would appear to be quite reasonable.

Al, there is a world of difference between Jim's Gp1 car and a Grp2 Mk1. As a f'rinstance a set of full race heads for an Essex is around £1200.00 complete with valves and springs. A set of bare GAA heads were on e bay starting at £2500.00.

As an aside if you could have one for £20k, do you think I'd be running in Group 1?
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Old 3 Jul 2009, 09:36 (Ref:2495374)   #4
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but how can a shell and uprights possibly be £100k??????? you can build a lightweight e type in ali for that!!!! dont forget the engine is extra
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Simon, these are not cheap cars even if they are Ford. Sorry to bust the bubble but they really are very complex pieces of machinery, which is one of the reasons why they don't run very often.

The oil coolers are over the rear wheels, there are gearbox and axle oil pumping systems, etc.
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Old 3 Jul 2009, 09:54 (Ref:2495384)   #6
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I am sure that you are right - seems an immense amount to spend on a replica....
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If it is the green/white one I understand it cost substantially more to build. The point is that unlike an E Type there were very few originals and the componentry was generally bespoke so if you want to build one now, apart from the base shell you are starting totally from scratch. Cosworth designed the GAA specifically for the car and built (as I understand it) only 100 kit form engines so you're also into casting new crankshafts etc.
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Wasn't the 3.4 version used in F5000, though, and surely Cosworth down Jimmys End still offer parts for sale?
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If it is the green/white one I understand it cost substantially more to build. The point is that unlike an E Type there were very few originals and the componentry was generally bespoke so if you want to build one now, apart from the base shell you are starting totally from scratch. Cosworth designed the GAA specifically for the car and built (as I understand it) only 100 kit form engines so you're also into casting new crankshafts etc.
Simon, I can only confirm what Peter has said- The 1974 RS3100 (Cologne) Capri was / is an amazing piece of kit. When Ford asked Cosworth to develop the GAA, they initially tried using a standard block. After that didn't work even it had to be redesigned. The lucky people who have engines or parts now are not letting them go. Vince Woodman had problems with his at Donington and it is now in bits again! The cooling system is all in the rear w/arches, the axle and gearbox have pumps & rads also, the wheels are 16" centrelocks, the brakes are massive..........

But- If you are ever near one when it is being started from cold, get close and enjoy one of the most evil sounding engines ever!

The engine was also used for F5000, and I think possibly more than the initial 100 parts sets were made, but they are still very rare.
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@Tim. Yes it was but it was originally designed for the Group 2 car. The story is reasonably interesting (if I can remember it). Ford wanted to go to 3.4 litres but the class required the use of the original casting, so Keith D went to Dagenham and after a couple of attempts found one or two castings that wouldn't fall apart under the loads, so with some engineering know how, he re cast the blocks to resemble the original Essex block and to make them cost effective he produced (I am told) 100 full engines in kit form. These were the ones used in F5000, by among others, the late David Purley.

@Mike. Amazing certainly, it had to be to beat the BMWs.
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@Mike. Amazing certainly, it had to be to beat the BMWs.
And then Zakspeed won the championship with an Escort!
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Peter this is from the same stable as the green one - it is still being built, hence just a rolling chassis. Dont get me wrong I think - along with the Batmobile and the Jaguar they are awesome cars, and I expected to se that sort of money for an original one just wasn't expecting that for a new build (in fact add an engine and gearbox and you must be talking about £135-40k which is a lot by anyones standards!)
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Why are you all refering to the engine, as Simon said the replica was SANS ENGINE!!!! and I agree with what he is saying that just a ridiculous amount of money. My Penske IROC has diff and gearbox coolers and they are a simple Water Puppy pump still stocked by Mocal and not very expensive so cannot see any big deal there. BTW Frank Gardener beat the lot easily in the camaro so if you want a proper replica buy mine and stick an all alloy can am engine in it and go and kick ass!
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Having now looked at the Ad and knowing what my Escort cost to source parts & build I am thinking there is a profit margin in there.......
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i saw the advert and laughed my Borat thong off ( photos are available on pay to subscribe website! )
i reckon you can build a car for £75k WITH GAA
cant pass comment on the seller but kite flying is a speciality they have on car prices!

the TWR auction 5 years ago had the N Lauda car complete on the hammer at 55k ish to a well known Ga man who has a replica
i think only 10 original cars where built to race some where 2600 weslake motors the Gaa car maybe ony 5 ran in period so a rare car
CSL original bimmers are £125k ish the replica sold after auction in the mid 70`s mark recently
there are 2 escorts for sale with 80- 100k tags
Gp2 has not yet taken off within the Masters series but in germany they have a selction of Gp2 4 5 cars running in Youngtimer events

Gaa motors are fragile things you can buy a motor for 10-20k depending on rebuild status
i had all the remaining Gaa stuff a tuner had and i sold it in 2 lots 4 years ago? to a "current" racer and guy who wanted to build his Cologne replica car
i do have V6 metering unit if you want 1!

known cars
Vince woodman still has hs Gp2 car
Ric Wood has 1
Peter Mucke in germany has 1 car
there was 1 car in NZ for Paul Fahey car was dismantled and in 5 different locations by 1990 the shell owner was then looking for the parts to re assemble the car elsewhere on forum are some more news on these cars and the kiwi car
i do recall a replica car built in 89 and classic & sports car tested it at donington
i am sure man who was involved in that car was the man stanley mann had a fight over Old No 1 bently with
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