Basil took a Capri 3000 XL as the base car which then had a modified steering set up made for it as well as being lowered by 40mm or so using stronger coils and modified valves on the front legs to compensate for the extra 9kg’s of weight up front. The brakes, despite the extra power, were standard apart from being fitted with up graded discs and pads.
That V8 though transformed the cars performance, with 281bhp on tap 60mph came up in 6.1s and it kept pulling until 142mph. As you can imagine it was hugely popular with 30 leaving the factory every month. This meant getting it homologated for motor sport was easy with 8 being used in South African production car events in 1971. When production ceased in 1972 when the mk1 Capri was discontinues it’s thought that between 500-550 Perana V8’s were built.
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