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May 31, 2022

Some Vintage Snaps of the Ford Capri

The Ford Capri is a fastback coupé built by Ford of Europe, designed by Philip T. Clark, who was also involved in the design of the Ford Mustang. It used the mechanical components from the Mk2 Ford Cortina and was intended as the European equivalent of the Ford Mustang.

The Capri went on to be highly successful for Ford, selling nearly 1.9 million units in its lifetime. A wide variety of engines were used in the car throughout its production lifespan, which included the Essex and Cologne V6 at the top of the range, while the Kent straight-four and Taunus V4 engines were used in lower-specification models.

Although the Capri was not officially replaced, the second-generation Probe was effectively its replacement after the later car's introduction to the European market in 1994.

While Ford marketed the car as “Ford Capri – The Car You Always Promised Yourself”, the British magazine Car described the Capri as a “Cortina in drag”.

Here below is a set of beautiful vintage photos from Bernd Tuchen of the Ford Capri.

Ford Capri is launched in the US

Ford Capri cut away drawing

Family trip with a Ford Capri in the 1970s

Family trip with a Ford Capri in the 1970s

Ford Capri "Caberet"

Ford Capri 1.6

Ford Capri 2 Litre S

Ford Capri 2.8 Litre Injection

Ford Capri 280

Ford Capri GT 4

Ford Capri I

Ford Capri I

Ford Capri I

Ford Capri II

Ford Capri

Ford Capri 1981 RS Turbo


  1. In the early-mid 1970s as a teenager I read about the different cars, coveting this or that one. The Datsun 240-Z was so cool looking. But then I read a comparison between it and the Capri. The Capri cost less. It got better gas mileage. It handled better, had better acceleration and stopped in a shorter distance. Replacement parts were cheaper. It was superior in every way, plus it had /four seats/.

  2. In the US, it was called a Mercury Capri, and the V-6 engine was different.
    That and the 4-inline "Pinto engine" were the two options you ever saw.
    I have heard that in Europe there was even a V-8!

    They WERE pretty KEWL little cars. Lasted WAAAAY longer than the Mustang II and were as much fun to drive as the Pinto.

    Also, you could get it with a 5-speed which you could not get with the Pinto!

    The picture that freaks me out is the one that suggests you can get 6 people into that car!!
    If you do, it would be painful! they would be on top of each other. even with air conditioning in the summer it won't take 20 minutes and that is going to start to stink!

  3. My friend had a Capri when we were in High School. We called it the Debris.




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