The Capri was ‘The car you always promised yourself’ according to Ford’s marketing men, and more than 1.8 million found willing buyers in a 17 year production run that ended in 1986. It may have been much maligned as an Essex boy racer mobile but we think it's time to salute this British icon on the 40th anniversary of its creation.
The first car to wear the Capri name-badge in Britain wasn’t in fact the familiar coupé we still see on our streets today but a very different model launched in 1961.
Ford of Britain wanted to inject some US-style glamour into its range and took its cues from the Ford Thunderbird and Galaxie models.
With the obligatory fins and a pillarless two-door design it certainly looked the part but was powered by a feeble 1.3-litre four-pot engine rather than a big V8 and failed to crack 80mph.
It was only on sale for two and a half years, with less than 20,000 being sold.
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