Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw are Bodie, ex-paratrooper and ex-mercenary, and Doyle, ex-CID detective, two of the deadliest special agents on the block… deadly spirited, often abrasive but always tempered by mutual respect – and they always get results.
Gordon Jackson portrays George Cowley, the straight-talking chief of CI5 in a series that took an intriguing look at the loyalties, treacheries, perils and dramas of a government department battling against the real world of espionage, organised crime and terrorism.
The Professionals arrived on British TV screens on 30th December 1977 and by early 1978 Bodie and Doyle had Ford Capris to play with.
Towards the end of Series 1 Bodie and Doyle got their first Capris after a deal with the Ford Motor Company to provide vehicles for the LWT Series.
Bodie – 1977 Arizona Gold MK2 Ford Capri 3.0 Ghia with a tan vinyl roof, PNO580R (Genuine Plate).
Doyle – 1977 Strato Silver MK2 Ford Capri 3.0S X-PACK, SOO636R (Genuine Plate).
Little is known of both cars but who knows, they may still be out there somewhere.
Bodie – 1978 Strato Silver MK3 Ford Capri 3.0S, UOO303T (real index VHK495S) – this car still exists in England and has been restored. It has a orange/black check fishnet Recaro interior.
Doyle – 1976 Diamond White MK2 Ford Escort RS2000, PNO641T (Real index PNO672R) – this car still exists and is in the Bristol area.
Bodie – 1979 Strato Silver MK3 Ford Capri 3.0S, UOO303T (real index COO251T) – it has an orange/black check fishnet Recaro interior. This car is presently undergoing restoration in Northern Ireland.
Doyle – 1976 Diamond White MK2 Ford Escort RS2000, PNO641T (real index PNO672R).
Bodie – 1980 Strato Silver MK3 Ford Capri 3.0S, OWC827W (real index – OWC827V) – it has a bitter chocolate interior with red/beige checked roll top S seats. This was the only MK3 Ford Capri 3.0S in the
whole series which did not have a fishnet Recaro interior. This car is also in Northern Ireland undergoing restoration.
Doyle – 1980 Solar Gold MK3 Ford Capri 3.0S, OAR576W (real index – OAR576V) – it has a bitter chocolate interior with brown/beige fishnet Recaro seats. This car has been fully restored and is in Northern Ireland.
Bodie -1981 Strato Silver MK3 Ford Capri 3.0S, VHK12W (genuine index) – it has an orange/black check fishnet Recaro interior. This car has been fully restored and is in Northern Ireland.
Doyle – 1981 Tibetan Gold MK3 Ford Capri 3.0S, VHK11W (genuine index) – it also has an orange/black check fishnet Recaro interior. This car has also been fully restored and is in Northern Ireland.
The chassis numbers of VHK11W and VHK12W are consecutive as well as the registration marks.
More information and photographs of the other Professionals Capris can be viewed on the other pages under “The Professionals” dropdown menu above.
The Professionals TV Series 1977 – 1983
C15: Criminal Intelligence 5 – a team specially formed by the Home Office to combat an increasing wave of terrorism.
It offers tough, hard men to deal with tough, hard situations.
Special men – experts from all branches of the army, the SAS, the police. Their brief – to keep Britain clean, to keep it safe. Protect it from anarchy, from acts of terrorism, and from crimes against the public.