Car Spotlight>> Capri Perana V8

When it comes to Ford tuning, most of us would be familiar with names like Cosworth, Mountune etc. It’s only since Ford Fair that I’ve got a bit of a history lesson in another tuner that has eluded me over the years. Basil Green Motors in Johannesberg, South Africa were responsible for a number of hot Fords during the late 1960s and ’70s. The cars were named ‘Perana’ and offered incredible performance for the era without sacrificing build quality or reliability.

In the Capri Perana’s case, the original V6 motor was swapped out for an uprated five litre Windsor small block V8 which put out numbers that would have ensured it kept pace with some of its exotic rivals of the era. A top speed of 140+MPH could be reached.

The Perana cars weren’t stripped out road racers, rather they were to Ford what AMG is to Mercedes.

The Capri Perana was around 40mm lower than the standard Ford Capri 3000 XL it was based on. It retained the standard brakes but with uprated brake pads.

This particular car is an accurate replica of the Team Gunston Capri Perana A2 that won the 1971 South Africa Saloon Car Championship with Bob Olthoff at the wheel. The A2 succeeded the rather all-destroying Z181 which won 12 out of the 13 races in the previous year.

Paddy McGrath

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Gotta love agood perana new about them forcouple years there two three hiding down here in litle old N.Z.and they are amazing in flesh no matter what trim :)


I don't know if you knew or not, but upgrade, usually has a g in it. ;)


I gont know if you knew but UPRATED and UPGRADED are two different words. Nice try though buddy. Awesome car aswell.


That car is gorgeous, never seen or heard of it before.


A v8 is the solution to all the problems in life (:


car looks the part. i'd love to drive this on a 1/4 mile..


Growing up in South Africa I got to experience a few of these cars, they still invoke enthusiasm within the South African car community when mentioned


Don't know if you know, but Basil Green was sticking V6's into the Capri even before Ford brought out the V6 version. It was after Ford introduced that Basil Green brought out the V8 version of the Perana. The Perana was also fully backed by Ford - so it truly was like the AMG version of Mercedes.


this is not a acurate replica of the Team Gunston Capri
but a tribute car, it is miles from a real replica