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Lot 167

1979 Ford Capri Group 1 "Ex-Gordon Spice"

  • Chassis no. CC 13

Sold for £103,500

Documents: Bill of Sale


  • One of 17 cars constructed in period by Group 1 Capri specialists CC Racing Developments
  • Finished 5th overall and set fastest lap at the 1979 Spa 24 Hours
  • Winner of the 4 Hours of Nivelles in 1979
  • Recent competitor at the 75th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, driven by Touring Car legend Roberto Ravaglia
  • Fully race prepared and benefitting from recent engine rebuild and gearbox overhaul


Formed by Peter Clark and Dave Cook in 1976, CC Racing Developments soon emerged as the leading constructor of Group 1 Ford Capris. The 13th of 17 chassis built, CC13 was delivered to Gordon Spice Racing for the eponymous team owner to share with Alain Semoulin in the 1979 Spa 24 Hours. Courtesy of sponsorship from Belga cigarettes, the team also ran two other cars: one for brothers Jean-Michel and Phillipe Martin, the other for Chris Craft and Jeff Allam.

Having qualified 7th – within a second of Stuck’s pole-sitting BMW – CC13 was in 3rd place when, shortly after dawn, Semoulin – in Spice’s words – ‘got involved in someone else’s accident’. Although there was extensive near side panel damage and a ruptured fuel tank, the car was duly repaired and Spice resumed the race, setting fastest lap en route to a valiant 5th place overall. With the Martin brothers taking victory, and Craft/Allam 3rd, the coveted Coupe de Roi team’s cup was also secured.

Later that year, CC13 won the Quatre Heures de Millenaire at Nivelles, near Brussels, again driven by Spice and Semoulin. On this occasion, the Martin brothers finished 2nd, thereby ensuring a memorable Spice 1-2 and a Capri 1-2-3-4. Spice entered a four-car team at Spa in 1980 – with the Martin brothers repeating their 1979 win – and 1981, and it is likely, although unconfirmed, that CC13 featured in these squads and other rounds of the Belgian Saloon Car Championship.

CC13 subsequently passed to Northern Sports and Saloons Championship racer Peter Birds, before being sold to renowned race engine builder Ric Wood, who kept the car for some 20 years. Acquired by the vendor in 2016, who immediately commissioned a ‘no-expense-spared’ restoration (including a £10,000 engine rebuild by Ric Wood), it was raced by Roberto Ravaglia at this year’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting. Furthermore, it is worthwhile mentioning that Gordon Spice has signed the car, and it is offered with a trophy from its win at Nivelles.

Recently race prepared by Capri specialist David Margalies, this historic and highly competitive Group 1 contender is ready to be enjoyed immediately in any number of the 1970s and 1980s Touring Car events that are increasingly proving so popular.

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