The Ford Capri was designed as the European equivalent of the Ford Mustang. First unveiled to the public in 1969, it was marketed as a cheap, fast and fun two-plus-two coupe, aimed at the blue-collar working man. It was a highly successful model for Ford, remaining in production well into the eighties, and selling almost 1.9-million units across its 17-year production run.
Marketed under the tagline “the car you’ve always promised yourself,” the Capri enjoyed huge success across Europe and the UK during its lifetime, and still maintains a strong fan-base to this day.
The Capri was built on the same platform as the MkII Cortina, in order to keep costs down. It had a live axle with leaf-springs and drum brakes at the rear, MacPherson struts with disc brakes at the front and a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox as standard.
It also had a large range of engines, which started with the 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre Kent four-cylinder petrols, producing 53bhp and 64bhp. Followed by Ford’s 2.0-litre Essex V4 (with 93bhp) and the range-topping 138bhp 3.0-litre Essex V6, both made the Capri capable of speeds in excess of 100mph.