Beginning in 1906, Ford Motor Company has made thousands of makes and models of automobiles, continuing the vision of Henry Ford who wanted to mass-produce cars that were available and affordable to everyone.
The Capri was the name for three different models of car built between the 1960s and 1990s. The Consul Capri coupe was built from 1961 to 1964 by Ford of Great Britain, while the Capri coupe was built from 1969 to 1986 by Ford Europe. The Ford/Mercury Capri was built from 1989 to 19994 by Ford Motor Company of Australia.
All three models of the Capri were mid-sized two-door sports cars that weighed less than 3,000 pounds. From 1978 to 1986 Turbo and Injection models were made available and in Australia, the Capri was also available as a convertible. The Capri also made it to the racing circuit for a considerable amount of time.
In the 1970s the Capri was sold in North America under the Lincoln/Mercury division, though they were all German-made. Then in 1979, the imports stopped and the Capri was being sold as a re-styled Mustang to capitalize on the popularity of the model. In 1991 the Australian-made Capri was imported to the United States as the Mercury Capri, but never used the Ford name.
There are many used Capris available in Europe. Prices of the car range anywhere from $5,000.00 to $30,000.00, depending on the condition and how many original parts are on the car.
Engines for the Ford Capri ranged anywhere from a 1340 cc Inline-four cylinder engine, a 1498 cc Taunus V4, a 2294 cc Cologne V6, 3098 cc Essex V6, and a 3.0 Liter V6 engine. There are far too many engine options to name here.
Most of the Capris were manual 4-speed transmissions, but some later models are known to include 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmissions.
Size and Space Options
The Capris have been produced as an all mid-sized sports cars so there wasn’t much in the way of room.
Control Panel and Display
Dashboards are rather basic on the Capris, with displays for speed, engine temperature, and a gas gauge.
The sports car was built for speed. That said, it boasts driver and passenger bucket seats, though leg room was priced at a premium. The car is comfortable enough if you aren’t too big.
The Capris is available all over North America. Additionally, there are a surprising number of used, rebuilt, and restored Capris up for grabs.
At the time the car was built, security systems either didn’t exist or had to be installed as a separate purchase. They were never a standard feature.
The Capris has been built with standard (at the time) lap seatbelts, with three-point seatbelts coming along on later models.
Certain models of Capri came with leather seats and full carpeting and headlining, though most models came with more cost-effective materials.
Some higher-end specialty models had larger taillights, sleeker grills, 15-inch versions of the standard 13-inch seven-spoke wheels, rear spoilers, and racing trim.
There weren’t many accessories available for the Capri— outside of spoiler kits, floor mats, and seat and steering wheel covers.
Early models were fairly well-built, but later models built in Australia were reportedly very unreliable. In 2006, the 1989 to 1994 Capri was deemed worse than average for safety.
For most of its lifetime the Capri was a popular and stylish car. At one time it was reportedly the most stolen car in Great Britain.
At its height the Capri was considered to be a good value for the money. Now you can find a rebuilt or restored Capri for a pretty good price.
Overall, the Ford Capri is a good, reliable car for its asking price, although models that in came in later lacked in quality.