Ford Capri Mk I

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Ford Capri (Colt). 1969–73 (prod. 1,118,700 approx.). 2-door coupé. F/R, 1293, 1593, 1993 cm³ (I4 OHC), 1298, 1599 cm³ (I4 OHV), 1305, 1498, 1699, 1966 cm³ (V4 OHV), 1998, 2293, 2550, 2637, 2792, 2993, 3091 cm³ (V6 OHV), 4942 cm³ (V8 OHV). Ford, confident from its US success with its Mustang, repeated the formula with its British and German arms, by taking the basis of the Cortina and turning it into a coupé. The Colt project brought together British and German teams as an early Ford of Europe exercise, realizing economies of scale with the car built both at Halewood and on the Continent. Cortina and Corsair engines for UK models, including Essex V6 at the top of the range; Taunus V4s and V6s for German ones. Not that good a driver and a marketing exercise above all, but very successful, with UK slogan, ‘The car you’ve always promised yourself’ sticking. Broad engine availability, more so than Mustang in terms of engine-size ratios. South African Perana homologation special had Windsor V8. Mid-term revisions (with, inter alia, improved ride, rectangular headlamps, new seats) in 1972 for 1973 model year meant introduction of Pinto OHC units, and British Essex V6 engines installed into German models. Two-litre Corsair engine in UK from 1969 and three-litre from 1970; export models had Pinto two-litre from 1971. Competition models RS2600 and RS3100 from 1971 and 1973 respectively, and 2600GT featured a detuned version of the former’s engine. Cosworth tuned the RS3100 engine even further, though this model was not offered for public sale. The 2·8-litre Köln engine made it in to US export models for their 1974 and 1975 model years.

Manufacturing locations: Dagenham, Essex, England; Halewood, Lancashire, England; Genk, Belgium; Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany; Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany; Homebush, NSW, Australia

Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Capri | Predecessor: Ford Consul Capri | Successor: Ford Capri II

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