40 years ago, 1969 more precisely, Ford was unveiling at the Brussels Motor Show a car that has been called at that moment "an unusual vehicle for a common market." Capri, or Colt how it was initially called, was a car designed for young people and pretty soon it became a huge success on the market.

40 years of Capri
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Capri 1300, Capri 1500, Capri 1700 GT, Capri 2000, Capri 2300 GT - this were the models of the first generation. With power between 125 bhp, the Capri could make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 9.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 118 mph.

In February 1974, Ford launched the second generation Capri (project name "Diana"). The new generation came with new design, but also new engines: 1,3 and 1,6 liter with output o68, 72 and 88 hp.The 2600 GT has been taken from the program. There also was a 2,3 liter V6 with 108 hp and the 3.0-liter "Essex" engine with 138 hp.

40 years of Capri
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March 1978 was the month when the third and last generation (project "Carla") Capri was launched. It came with new dual-halogen lamps and light bonnet overhang into the wind, an integrated front spoiler and improved aerodynamics.

It is rumored that for 2009 we will see a concept version of the Capri at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ford Capri I - 1969-1972

Ford Capri IB - 1972-1974

Ford Capri - 1969, US version

Ford Capri RS

Ford Capri II - 1974-1977

Ford Capri III - 1977-1986

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