The Capri name has been used longer than 40 years at Ford Motor Company.
The Ford Capri is celebrating its 40th anniversary, depending on how you calculate the anniversary, since the name goes back to earlier years at the company. The last Capri ended production in 1986, but Capri lives on within many owners’ clubs who will be celebrating the anniversary with events planned from Scotland to the South West of the U.K. Fans are getting together at Castle Combe, Wiltshire (6 June), Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire (30 August), Ace Café in London (5 September) and Brooklands Museum, Surrey (26 September).
The Capri that we think they are celebrating.
Launched in January 1969 and marketed as “the car you always promised yourself,” the Ford Capri was aimed at a style-conscious generation. In just 18 years the European answer to the Ford Mustang sold nearly two million units and achieved iconic status with its target audience. The car was briefly sold in the U.S. as a Mercury, until currency swings made the car too expensive, a pattern at Ford that repeated itself many times with cars such as the Merkur and Scorpio, and could once again with plans to import the Fiesta from Europe next year.
From the outset the Capri was a complicated offering, with a range consisting of 26 derivatives. A mix of engines – 1.3-, 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders, and a 3-liter V6 were available depending on the European market.
Ford Cologne-built Capri RS.
For the performance-oriented drivers there was the Cologne, Germany-built RS2600 and the short-lived Halewood, England-built 124 mph RS3100. In those days Ford had a 35% market share in the U.K. In 1974 the Mk II line, much simplified, was launched.
In 1978, the Mk III saw a freshening and several special editions, such as the Calypso and Laser, were added.
In 1981 Dunton’s newly-formed Special Vehicle Engineering department unveiled its first project, the 160 horsepower Capri 2.8 injection. The limited edition Capri 280, also known as the Brooklands Capri, signaled the end of the Capri era and the last car left the line in December 1986.
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