Ford has a strong performance heritage in South Africa and has, through the years, developed a number of unique-to-SA derivatives, mostly with motorsport success in mind. This new limited-edition print features 3 of the most memorable cars, the Basil Green-developed Capri Perana, the Cortina XR6 Interceptor and, of course, the Sierra XR-8. All of these cars were built in limited numbers and are increasingly regarded as highly collectable.
Ford Capri Perana - Developed locally by Motorsport legend Basil Green, and with full Ford factory support, the Perana is the only Capri V8 in the world that carried Ford's official blessing. It was, of course, developed with motorsport very much in mind and its 5.0L V8 certainly made a wonderful noise.
Ford Cortina XR6 Interceptor - Come 1981 and Ford introduced the XR6 Interceptor. This car was developed and released as a homologation special to allow Ford to compete in the local production car race series called Group One. Interceptors featured triple-downdraft 42 Weber carburettors, an aggressive camshaft, a different exhaust manifold and suspension updates. Assisting with a better foot print, wider Ronal 13-inch wheels were also fitted. It is believed that around 250 were built. The car featured in the print wears the number 201 (the same as the car featured in our Episode 12).
Ford Sierra XR-8 - Another one of the famed local homologation motorsport specials, the Sierra XR-8 was powered by a Mustang-sourced 5.0L V8 engine and developed with local circuit racing in mind, the XR-8 packed enough punch (161kW) to blast to 100kph in less than 7 seconds, and could top 230kph. It cost less that R28 000 when it was launched, and these days you'll be rewarded handsomely if you've kept your XR-8 stock and neat...