The History of Ford in Australia. The Mark 1 Capri had a facelift in 1972 which included new lights and a softening of the suspension. Ford was, however, enjoying success with high performance versions of the Fiesta, Escort and Sierra, which appealed mostly to buyers who might have been expected to buy a Capri before 1980. Ford revised it in 1972. The first cars were available in March 1978, and sold very well initially. It used the mechanical components from the Mk2 and was intended as the European equivalent of the. .
A more substantial upgrade was introduced in 1984 with the Capri Injection Special. Large engines and rare trims are generally sought after when purchasing Ford Capris. The new model was exported to the United States, where it was marketed as the. Archived from on 21 July 2012. The Ford Capri Mark 1 was produced from 1969 to 1974. Wikimedia Commons has media related to.
The Capri was registered on 8 May 1987 in Sussex and is to be in a collection of classic cars in Gillingham Kent. Although a coupé, Ford wanted the Capri Mk I to be affordable for a broad spectrum of potential buyers. In 1974 the Ford Capri Mark 2 was introduced, continuing in production until 1978. At the same time the 2. Retrieved 4 April 2011 — via Flickr. The 3 litre V-6 was added to the range in 1969 and a limited run was also produced with a 3.
It received new and more comfortable suspension, enlarged tail-lights replacing the one sourced from the Escort Mk1 and new seats. For Germany the Capri now offered 1. This made it the first Ford to feature a hatchback - at a time when the hatchback was becoming increasingly popular in after first being patented by in the mid 1960s. One of the last limited editions of the original Mk I, was a version that came in either metallic green or black with red interior and featured some additional extras, such as cloth inserts in the seats, hazard lights, map reading light, opening rear windows, vinyl roof and for the first time a bonnet bulge was fitted to the sub-3. This car was less successful, and was withdrawn after just three years. The Cortina underpinnings cannot be disguised and the Ford Capri tends to naturally wallow into understeer but the light rear means tail happy oversteer is never too far away. About 500 Capris were converted by specialist Basil Green Motors to run the 302.
There were only 1200 Vista Orange Capri Specials made. Melbourne, Australia: Eddie Ford Publications. The Capri went on to be a highly successful car for Ford, selling nearly 1. Its successor, the , was also built in the States but was only imported to Europe for two years after its 1998 launch. The Mark 3 was brought in during 1978 and ceased production in 1986. The 1971 Capri offered the Kent-built 1600 I4 and the optional, Cologne-built 2000 2. Ford made a return to the coupe market in Europe when the was made available to European buyers from 1994.
The X Pack was also available in mainland Europe between 1979 and 1980 where it was marketed as the 3. The four-speed gearbox was replaced with a five-speed unit early on — at the same time Ford swapped the dated looking chequered seats for more luxurious looking velour trim. The X-pack was also equipped with a wing as standard and it also featured unique 7,5 x 13 inch wheels for which the special bodykit was made and a free flowing performance exhaust system with distinctive flattened rear ends. Standard Catalog of Imported Cars, 1946—1990. An exception, though, was the Perana manufactured by near Johannesburg, which was powered by a 302ci V8 engine.
It is front-engined with rear-wheel drive. The roomy four-seat cabin makes this a practical car, especial in Mark 2 and Mark 3 guise. Ford began selling the Capri in the market in May 1969 and in April 1970 it was released in the North American and South African markets. The British and German factories produced different line-ups. The engines were carried over for the 1976—77 Capri ll models, although the V6's power had crept up to 109 hp 81 kW at 4,800 rpm. Small, form-fitting metal bumpers big, flush-fit headlights and minimal trim make for a clean profile.
There are complications caused by the engines used being of both Kent and Essex varieties. The Ford Capri was designed by Philip Clark as a European equivalent to his earlier Mustang. The floor pan and suspension are shared with the Cortina, incorporating a live rear axle and MacPherson Strut front suspension. Figures of around 200 produced examples are common, but numbered transmission tunnels possibly indicate 155 conversions were made. Rear were standard on the Tickford, which featured numerous other suspension modifications. It sold only 80 units. One problem was the relative price difference to the standard Capri Injection, with the Tickford version costing twice as much.
The interior has been refreshed with new black fabrics and leatherette, and the dash remains free of cracks. The car features an average performance and design similar to it's older variant as mentioned earlier. A small portion were sold in Australia. It was offered with a large range of engines and trims from the start, these varying from market to market. To help achieve that, it was available with a variety of engines. Woodgrain decals on the instrument panel still look good as well.
On 29 August at 2. Each Mark has its own adherents although traditionally the Mark 1 has usually been seen as the most desirable. The usual unsophisticated yet effective Ford mechanicals used throughout the range at the time mean that this is a simple car to work on. This along with the change from a booted body shell to hatchback increased the practicality of the car. Stuttgart, Germany: Motor Presse Stuttgart.