Rare Ford Capri returned to its owner

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A rare Ford Capri has been returned to its rightful owner after social media push in the classic car world

Social media was at its best this week after hundreds of shares and conversation helped an elderly car lover get his rare Ford Capri back.

Earlier this week we reported that a 77-year-old retired carpenter woke up Sunday morning to find his last-of-the-line Ford Capri 280 missing from outside his home in the south Wales valleys.

The green Capri is one of only a few hundred left in the UK and has been under the same ownership since the 80s.

When the car was stolen the owner’s grandson, Jamie Padfield, and a local neighbour contacted fan pages on Facebook and missing posts were quickly shared across social media sites.

The campaign to get the grandfather-of-two’s car back went nationwide and Capri owners across the country stepped up in an unprecedented manner, offering messages of support and sharing photos of the stolen car across the motoring community.

Household names in the motoring world including renowned car designer Ant Anstead and Wheeler Dealers’ presenter Mike Brewer also got involved and spread the message on Twitter.

Just four days later, everyone’s hard work paid off. The car was found relatively unscathed onWednesday, not far from the owner’s home in Penybryn, near Gelligaer.

Adrian Dalton, owner of the Ford Capri Phenomenon Facebook page which helped in the search, said: “The power of the friendship and memories these cars hold for their owners and enthusiasts across the country was palpable.

“Classic car lovers throughout Britain got together to support and defend their passion to bring one of their strayed sheep back to the flock and together we brought this old friend home.

“We want to say a big thank you to all the car owners and fans out there that got behind the story and spread the word until this car was found.”

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Back home where he belongs

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