Define originality, chances are that there aren't any original Capris that are still being used. Granted, there are ones that have never seen a road but aside from those few there won't be any car that is as it left the factory.
These subjects always create debate whenever they're raised. I see that there are new Escort MK2 shells being produced.
Are people seriously saying that if such an item were ever produced for the Capri (I can't ever see it happening) that they would not be snapped up by people wanting to build a car to last as long as possible?
Every Car that I work on has hidden horrors, general rot, previous bodges, poorly repaired accident damage and so on. There isn't the range of panels produced for the Capri as there is for other models so if people want the car to survive what can be done? If Capris had the same choice of repair panels as other cars then life would be a lot easier.
If a car has the original interior, engine, gearbox, suspension ,wheels etc then how is it any less of a car for being built into a new shell than one with the original shell consisting of 90% replacement panels.
If the cars are to survive long term then the bodies have to be the best that is possible - everything else can be refurbished or rebuilt but without a decent body to hang it all onto then it's a waste of time.
It's not about reshelling a car to try to con people, that's a totally different subject, buyers have to do their research before taking the plunge, it's about long term preservation of the cars.
That's my take on it, I know others will disagree, that's why I just keep my head down and get on with it.