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Marketed as ‘the car you’ve always promised yourself’, the Capri was to Ford of Europe what the Mustang was to North America. Project Colt, as it was dubbed internally, would use engines shared with the Ford saloons and enjoy dual manufacture in England and Germany, though each market began with different engines. The name was from the earlier Ford Consul Capri, after it was found that Colt had been registered by Mitsubishi. Production began in late 1968 for 1969 sale. The follow-up, codenamed Diana, saw a hatchback added to the Capri in 1974; Carla, the Mk III, débuted in 1978, with further changes that improved the aerodynamics. British TV show The Professionals helped cement the Capri’s image as a masculine sports car, even if the handling was never that good. Nevertheless, sales continued in to 1987.

After a few years, the Capri name returned on an Australian-built, Ghia-designed convertible. Aimed at the US market, it was initially launched as the Mercury Capri, but with the Eunos Roadster (NA) making inroads worldwide, the new Capri was never as successful.



Marque: Ford





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