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Ford Capri

Ford Capri 1.6 Laser

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Ford Capri 1.6 Laser at Blackpool, England.

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 by Mitsubishi.

Ford Capri Mk1
Production 1969-1974
Assembly Dagenham, Halewood, United Kingdom
Genk, Belgium
Saarlouis, Cologne, Germany
Homebush, Australia
Class Mid-size sports car
Body style(s) fastback coupé
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) petrol:
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
Transmission(s) Manual transmission

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 line-ups.

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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.

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At the 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." [4]

1974 Ford Capri 3.0 GXL

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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.

Mk1 facelift

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.[5]

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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Capri Mk2

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.

Capri Mk3

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 Europe.

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.

United States

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).

Australia

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.

7 Litre Mk1 Ford Capri

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7 Litre Mk1 Capri in the Paddock at Silverstone, 1974

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'
Robin MK

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 speed gear
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!

Capri's Rule

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 restoration.

 

Ford Capri Hans Heyer 1973 Nürburgring

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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. Hirantha.

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 US.

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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