Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery

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  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    The "Capri" name is actually American
    It was first used on the 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Capri
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    It was supposed to be called the "Colt", but Mitsubishi owned the name
    Ford went to court with Mitsubishi, but ultimately failed to liberate the name
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    Development actually started in the US
    The designer of the Mustang also worked on the Capri
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    Developed on a tight budget
    It used many parts from other Ford models
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    It had a wide variety of engines
    Ranging from 1.3 to 3.1 liters and 62 to 250 horsepower
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    UK exclusive since 1984
    Only right-hand-drive cars were made from 1984 to 1986
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    Ford Capri 280 - the last Hurrah!
    The very last version fo the Capri, produced in 1,038 units
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    It was ultimately a success
    Despite a temporary sease of production in the UK, the Capri sold 1,886,647 times
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    Initially, it was roduced in Germany and the UK
    The Capri's success led to expansion of its production
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    Evetually, the Capri was also made in Begium, South Africa, and Australia
    Australia-built Capri were, in turn, exported to New Zealand and Japan
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    It was also Imported into the US
    It was sold through Mercury dealerships, so as not to hinder Ford Pinto sales
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    In the US, it was marketed as an exotic European sports car
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    Whereas in Europe, it was marketed as a "bit of Americana"
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    There was a very rare Capri Convertible
    Crawford cars and Abbot of Farnham had their own versions. Less than 50 are known to exist
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    It was Ford's first hatchback
    In 1974, the Mk II Capri became more practical, by becoming a hatchback
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    Ford North America used the name again in 1979
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    The American Mercury Capri Mk II was essentially a rebadged Foxbody Mustang
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    It had distintive features, like a new grille, flared arches, and a new "bubble-back" rear window
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    Ford Australia tried milking the Capri one last time
    In 1989, they introduced a two-seat convertible, based on the Mazda 323
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    It was aimed at the North American market and the Mazda MX-5
    Poor reliability led to a sales disaster
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    The Capri almost came back, in 2003
    The 2003 Ford Visos concept incorporate signature Capri design eements
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    Sadly, the 2003 Visos never gave birth to a new Ford Capri
    Instead, Ford used it to show off their new design language and European herritage
  • Ford Capri - the story of the European pony car - gallery
    Ford Capri wouldn't make sense today
    Because, since 2014, the Ford Mustang became a global model
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