The Ford Capri was a car produced by Ford of Europe. Two different models
named Capri were built.
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The first use of the name Capri was in a version of the Ford Classic saloon.
The Ford Classic Capri was built from 1961 to 1963. It was a 2-door compact coupé, with a long tail and half-bubble roof. Initially available with an
underpowered 1.3 L engine, it was replaced in 1962 by a 1.5 L, but sales were
disappointing and the Capri vanished after three years.
Ford Capri Mk1 (1969–1974)
The first Ford Capri to bear that precise name was introduced in
January 1969 at the Brussels Motor Show, with sales starting the following
month. The intention was to reproduce in Europe the success Ford had had with
the North American Ford Mustang; to produce a European pony car. It was
mechanically based on the Cortina and built in Europe at the Dagenham and
Halewood plants in the United Kingdom, the Genk plant in Belgium, and the
Saarlouis and Cologne plants in Germany. The car was named Colt during
development stage, but Ford were unable to use the name, as it was trademarked
Ford Capri Mk1
||Dagenham, Halewood, United Kingdom
Saarlouis, Cologne, Germany
||Mid-size sports car
V4 1.3L, 1.5L, 1.7L,
I-4 1.3L, 1.6L, 2.0L,
V6 2.0L, 2.6L, 3.0L, 3.1L, 3.4L
Although a fastback coupé, Ford wanted the Capri Mark 1 to be affordable for
a broad spectrum of potential buyers. To help achieve that, it was available
with a variety of engines. The British and German factories produced different
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The continental model used the Ford Taunus V4 engine in 1.3, 1.5 and
1.7 L engine displacement, while the British versions were powered by the Ford
Kent straight-4 in 1.3 and 1.6 L form. The Ford Essex V4 engine 2.0 L (British
built) & Cologne V6 2.0 L (German built) served as initial range-toppers.
end of the year, new sports versions were added: the 2300 GT in Germany, using a
double-barrel carburettor with 125 PS (92 kW), and the 3000 GT in the UK, with
the Essex V6, capable of 138 hp (103 kW). The initial reception of the car was
broadly favourable. In the June 1970 edition of the Monthly Driver´s Gazette,
tester Archie Vicar wrote of the gearchange that it was "...in Ford fashion easy
to operate but not very jolly." In the same review Vicar summed up the car as
follows: "Perhaps with a bit of work it can be given road-holding and
performance less like an American car and more like a European one."
1974 Ford Capri 3.0 GXL at Bristol Car Show
In April 1970, Ford began selling the Capri outside Europe, in the
North-American, South African and Australian markets. These versions were all
powered by the underpowered Kent 1.6 engine although a Pinto straight-4 2.0 L
replaced it in 1971. The North American version featured new headlights and
bumpers (to comply with U.S. DOT regulations) and carried no brand badge.
A new 2637 cc version of the Cologne V6 engine assembled by Weslake and
featuring their special all alloy cylinder heads appeared in September 1971,
powering the Capri RS2600. This model used Kugelfischer fuel injection to raise
power to 150 PS (110 kW) and was the basis for the Group 2 RS2600 used in the
European Touring Car Championship. The RS2600 also received modified suspension,
a close ratio gearbox, lightened bodywork panels, ventilated disc brakes and
aluminium wheels. The 2.6 L engine was detuned in September for the deluxe
version 2600 GT, with 2550 cc and a double-barrel Solex carburettor. Germany's
Dieter Glemser won the Drivers' title in the 1971 European Touring Car
Championship at the wheel of a Ford Köln entered RS2600 and fellow German Jochen
Mass did likewise in 1972.
The Capri proved highly successful, with 400,000 cars sold until 1970. Ford
revised it in 1972 to become what is known by enthusiasts as the Capri "Bis" or,
in the UK, the "Mark 1 facelift" Capri.
The car received a new and more comfortable suspension, rectangular headlights,
enlarged tail-lights and new seats. The Kent engines were replaced by the Ford
Pinto engine and the previously UK-only 3000 GT joined the German lineup. In the
UK the 2.0 L V4 remained in use.
1973, saw the highest sales total the Capri ever attained, at 233,000
vehicles: the 1,000,000th Capri, an RS 2600, was completed on 29 August.
In December, Ford replaced the Cologne V6 based RS2600 with the Essex V6
based RS3100, with the usual 3.0 L Essex V6's displacement increased to 3098 cc.
Unlike its predecessor, it used a double-barrel Weber carburettor, and reached
the same 150 PS (110 kW). Only 250 RS3100s were built for homologation purposes.
However, the car was still competitive in touring car racing, and Ford
Motorsport produced a 100-model limited edition with this new engine. The Group
4 RS3100’s engine was tuned by Cosworth into the GAA, with 3412 cc, fuel
injection, DOHC, four valves per cylinder and 435 hp (324 kW) in racing trim.
The car also featured improved aerodynamics. Besides the racing RS3100, the GAA
was also used in Formula 5000.
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In February 1974, the Capri Mk2 was introduced. After 1.2 million cars sold,
and with the 1973 oil crisis, Ford chose to make the new car more suited to
everyday driving, with a shorter bonnet, larger cabin and the adoption of a
hatchback rear door.
Although it was mechanically similar to the Mk1, the Capri II had a revised
larger body and a more modern dashboard. The 2.0 L version of the Pinto was
introduced in the European model, and was placed below the 2.0 V6, although it
was more powerful. The Capri still maintained the large square headlights, which
became the easiest way to distinguish between a Mk2 and a Mk3. Larger disc
brakes and a standard alternator finished the list of modifications.
In order to keep the sporty appeal of the car, Ford introduced the JPS
limited edition in March 1975, but in May 1976, and with sales decreasing, the
intermediate GT models disappeared to give way for the upscale S designation. In
October 1976, production was limited to Saarlouis factory only, and the
following year the Capri left the American market, after 513,500 models sold.
The Capri Mk III, officially referred to as "Project Carla", was little more
than an update of the Mk2. Production began in April 1977 with the first cars
being available in March 1978, but failed to halt a terminal decline in sales.
However, this model was used in the TV series The Professionals, which
was credited with keeping interest in the car in the UK. The Mk3 featured
improved aerodynamics, leading to improved performance and economy over the Mk2
and the trademark quad headlamps were introduced.
In 1981, the 3.0 V6 is dropped from the lineup, but a new sporty version
debuted in the Geneva Motor Show, called the 2.8i. The new model was the first
regular model since the RS2600 to use fuel injection. Power rose to 160 PS
(118 kW), but the car still had a standard 4-speed gearbox. Although the Capri
no longer had a racing career, specialist Turbo Technics developed a limited
edition turbocharged model with 188 hp (140 kW), which could propel the car to
220 km/h (137 mph) in April 1982. A few months later, Tickford upped the deal
with a 205 hp (153 kw) version, which also featured a large rear spoiler, white
front grille and enlarged bumpers.
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From November 1984 onwards, the Capri was sold exclusively in Britain, as
only right hand drive cars were made from this date. The entire range of 1.6 L
and 2.0 L variants were replaced by the "Laser" which featured a fully populated
instrument pod, colour coded grille and mirrors. Also the 2.8i now was
re-released as the 2.8i Special, featuring a limited slip differential, half
leather Recaro interior and gas filled Bilstein shock absorbers.
When the last Capri was made in December 19th, 1986, 1,900,557 cars had
rolled off the production line. Production had ended at Halewood, UK in 1976 and
the Capri was made exclusively in Germany from 1976 to 1986. Most of those (more
than a million) were the Mk1, mostly because the Mk1 sold well in North America
and Australia, while the Mk2 and Mk3 were not officially exported outside
The Capri is remembered for the classic advertising slogan The car you
always promised yourself. The American ad campaign featured a line that was
short but potent: Capri: The Sexy European. The Capri Club
International (external link below) is the largest single-marquee Ford
owners' club in existence.
From 1970 to 1977, the Capri was sold in North America through Ford's
Lincoln/Mercury Division. These cars carried no brand identification, only the
"Capri" name. They were known however as the “Mercury Capri”.
Originally, the Cologne-built Capri 1600 was fitted with a British
1.6 L Kent engine. Initial output was just 64 hp (48 kw). The 1971
Capri 2000 featured the Cologne-built 2.0 L OHC engine for
much-improved performance from 101 hp (75 kW). The 1600 variant of the Pinto
engine replaced the crossflow Kent in 1973. A Capri 2600 GT was offered
in 1972 with a 2.6 L Cologne V6 which produced a substantial 120 hp (89 kW).
The Ford Capri name was revived in Australia in 1989 for a convertible
rivalling the Mazda MX-5. The Australian Capri, codenamed the SA30, used Mazda
323 engines and mechanicals which Ford Australia already used on the Laser. It
had a bodyshell designed by Ghia and an interior by ItalDesign. However, by
comparison with the MX-5, it looked dated by the time of its release - some two
years after its originally scheduled date.
Two models were originally offered: a standard 1.6 L model, and a
turbocharged XR2 variant., with 136 PS (100 kW).
The Australian-built Capri was also exported to the US beginning in 1991 as
the Mercury Capri, but it fared poorly and was dropped in 1994. An interesting
point was that it was cheaper to export a Capri from Australia to the US, than
what it was to ship one to Tasmania.
Additionally, the car was plagued by quality problems and recalls, though it
eventually had success in the early 1990s with models modified by Tickford.
Production ended in 1994.
Return of the Capri
Although rumoured since 2002, there is still no official announcement that the
Capri name will return. The British magazine Auto Express and German magazine
Stern have already shown computer drawings of a proposed Focus-based Capri, with
Auto Express advancing a 2005 release date in their July 2002 issue. In
September 2003, Ford presented the Visos concept-car, a hatchback coupé, in the
Frankfurt Auto Show.
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Well, I must have had a lemon when I owned
one of these Capri's. I had everything go wrong with mine
from its alternator to the accelerator cable collapsing as I
drove it and things popping off my dashboard. All in the
first year I owned it. It was as if the thing was possessed.
I loved the look of it and still think the styling was way
ahead of its time, but I had to get rid of mine and bought a
'75 Chevy Malibu. I nicknamed it "The Red Beast". Even the
mechanics (Lincoln Mercury) seemed lost to how to fix it
half the time because of the German parts.
I've been the owner of several Capri's in my
younger years, 1300 L, 2x 1600 ghia's and a 1975 2.0 GT JPS
limited edition. They are Fantastic motors ( bit light on
the rear end ) but total a joy to drive. Maybe 1 day I'll
give up the modern cars an go back to the ole faithful
Capri again. I miss driving them
I definitely want one.
EXCELLENT, Dean K, United Kingdom
Bring back the Capri as a modern day pubescent TVR. Come on the
demand is there.
I have a Capri Laser 1986 and wouldn't drive anything else!
I love the Capri also. I had a MK2 2L Ghia (WYO911M, she was
a beautiful lady. So many express their wish to see the
return but bare in mind that although Ford brought back the
Mustang.....it wasn't a patch on the 1969'
i have a capri in Mauritius
orange perl painted it is the most beautiful among the
others with black bonnet
the ford is the greatest car ever made
I have a '73 with a 350HP 302 and T5 5
box, 9" Ford rear end, it sounds like the hammers
of hell... Goes like them too... SteveL
I bought my self a 1973 Carpi 2000 its
a gas saver and works very well. bought it for $500
Fantastic, love the Capri Parade. I have an 86 laser Myself,
Mike O'D, Tipperary,Ireland.
i have a 91 capri and it is the fastest car i ever had it has
the 1.6 turbo and let me tell ya it has alot of torque cherry red convertible it
turns heads every were i go .... did i say i love it!!!
i have a rare 3000e tax exempt mk1 and with the met blue and
chrome bullet door mirrors a real head turner every time i go out the chrome
rostiles finished it off and genuine 50 000 miles lucky find or what for a 1972
car she looks new
Don't bring back the Capri because it will lose all its charm!
to even make an old shaped one with new technology would be terrible because to
make it comply with current safety standards it would have a big bulky dashboard
and steering wheel etc like new cars. Part of the charm of Capri's is that the
interior is uncluttered and simplistic.
What I'm trying to say is that if ford made a 2007 Capri there's only a 1 in a
hundred million chance they'd get it right. and i don't think it will bring back
customers who bought the old Capri's.
i want a mk3 1.6 laser so bad i have never even sat in a Capri
and i am addicted, imagine what i am gonna be like when i get my hands on one!
even though capri's slide at the back they are the best cars
in the world
i wish i had a capri mk1 3000 gt, im sad now
I bought a brand new v6 GT in 1972 ,and had it on the road for
20 years ,did 200,000 miles, not km. I still have it sitting in the shed waiting
Hans Heyer 1973 with Ford Capri at the Nürburgring
Agree with all, even in New Zealand, less than a 100 2.8is
exist and you really notice them. Sex on wheels and a bonnet like an aircraft
carrier extending in front. Money to be made. buy one
I feel the same way - Ford should bring back the Capri (and
the TVR idea is interesting). There were a few sketches and a concept car (Visos)
floating around a few years back, but nothing materialised. Is there a market
as yet, even though the Capri's popularity has recently sky-rocketed? My
Grandad had a Mk2 Ghia, and I desperately want a Capri - a Laser to start off
with. I can't describe how much I love Capris and how much I need one.
i want to see a back of a capri one that has no bumpers
Q. I'm going to buy a ford capri mdei 1970, though i have doubts to go
straightaway for it, coz' i'm afraid of that might create major engine
problems, which cannot be corrected. So please let me know, shuld i go for that,
or whether the capri is substantially a good car, especially for a person like
me, im asking these coz' i've got lots of experiences from my own and my
friends, the troubles that occurred after getting an older car. Thank you.
I have a 1983 2.8 Injection and it turns heads wherever I
take it. If only Ford would bring the Capri, like they did the Mustang in the
I think they are a lovely car to drive, plenty of torque,
and I wouldn't drive anything else if i had a million pound!!!! I'm on my 4th
Capri, its done 76 odd thousand miles and still drives like a dream!! and it
beats all the boy racers !!!
Look at the body on that !!!!!!!!!!!
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