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eBay watch: 1971 Ford Capri 3.0 GTXLR MK1


Not sure I'm all that keen on later models, but the earlier Ford Capris are very stylish cars – like this 1971 Ford Capri 3.0 GTXLR MK1, which is on eBay right now.

It's a low-mileage mode, with just 59,000 on the clock from five owners since new, with period black vinyl roof, 'rally red' colour scheme and what's described as a 'reasonable' interior, with new carpets and door cards fitted.

A few bits and pieces still need sorting out (see listing for details), but it seems to run fine and has 12 months MOT. Tax-exempt, as you might have guessed. Still a bit of time left – £2,050 is the current price.

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eBay watch: 1970s Starsky and Hutch-style Ford Gran Torino car


Here's something that's guaranteed to make men (and women) of a certain age feel nostalgic for their youth, a 1974 Ford Gran Torino car, which is available to buy via eBay.

Of course, it's the car made famous by Starsky and Hutch, with this particular model coming complete with the paint job from the TV show, not to mention a flashing red light. It's a childhood dream come true.

In terms of detail, it's had three owners since being imported from the US, with 70,200 miles on the clock. It's described as being in 'superb condition', with plenty of upgrading and maintenance over the years. Not cheap though – £12,995 on a 'buy it now' or you can make an offer. More images and details on the site.

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eBay watch: 1960 Ford Popular 100E


When people talk about 'cute' cars, I'm guessing they means something like this 1960 Ford Popular 100E, which is up for grabs on eBay right now.

Yes, 50 years old and done just 90,000 over that half century, as well as avoiding the need to be welded anywhere. Tax exempt and with an MOT until March 2011, it comes with two sets of keys, a complete record of all work done (and journeys made) and has just had five new tyres, a new exhaust, new battery, new brakes, plugs, points…you get the idea.

It's not mint, but it certainly looks like a very good example. £500 is the current price if you fancy it.

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Coming soon: 60s-based movie Made in Dagenham

Another movie inspired by the past is heading to the big screen this summer – Made in Dagenham.

The film stars Sally Hawkins as Rita O'Grady who is the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act.  Working in impoverished conditions and doing long hours, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lay down their tools when they are reclassified as 'unskilled'. Unwilling to accept it, they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government itself. 

As well as Sally Hawkins, the cast includes Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike, Jaime Winstone, Geraldine James, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Kenneth Cranham, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Rupert Graves and John Sessions. Check out the trailer below.

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eBay watch: Starsky and Hutch-styled 1976 Ford Gran Torino


One man's obsession could be your gain with this 1976 Ford Gran Torino, inspired, as you can see, by the cult car from the Starsky and Hutch TV series.

A whopping 18ft long, the car was originally bought off Ebay but has undergone extensive work since – a new Ford Racing 351w crate engine, new Ford Racing Aluminium Manifold, dual hand built Magnaflow exhausts, new radiator and heater hoses, new front rotors, pads, seals, bearings and brake hoses…the list goes on. Check out the site for the full breakdown. Let's just say a lot of money has been spent and the new engine has done just 600 miles.

It still needs some work (again, listed on the site), but looks to run fine as it is. The only thing you'll need to worry about initially is having a garage big enough to house it and the money to buy it. On the last point, £7,000 is needed to get on the bidding board.

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