25 Years Sleeping: 1976 Mercury Capri
This Mercury Capri spent the better 1/4 of a century sleeping in a garage…but you’d better not call it a barn find. The seller claims it was built by a NASA engineer (Why is it always a NASA engineer or a GM factory engineer, why not a part time clerk at Boot Barn or a family practice psychologist?) who added a draw-through turbocharger with an old school water/methanol injection system to the Cologne V6. Looks like fun. Find this 1976 Mercury Capri offered for $6,000 in Eagle, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
From the seller:
1976 Ford Capri
title status: clean
1976 Mercury Capri, 4 Speed, V6, Turbo for sale. This is a very unique and interesting car. It started life as a 4 speed, 2.8 V6 Capri, built in Germany, which is rare enough on its own. As the stories goes, sometime in the 80s a NASA engineer got their hands on it and turned it into a SCCA car. The old school machine work on this car is incredible. The skill in adding the turbo and the meticulous nature of the build really show off the expertise of whoever built it. It was stored in a garage for the last 25 years and now its back on the road. I have gone through almost everything on the car and there is very little left to do. It has a new battery, electric fuel pump, carb rebuilt, oil changed, fuel system cleaned, front calipers rebuilt, powder coated rims and new tires and much more. Even has an old school water methanol injection system. She runs and dives spectacularly, it feels so good on the road and handles incredibly well. It is an absolutely spectacular piece of period correct SCCA history! $6000 OBO. Feel free to contact me and I would love to tell you more about it.
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It had to be NASA because of the NACA duct which is there… is probably what the barn owner’s executor told the seller.
You’d think leaves are made of radio active material the way sellers never seem to get them out of there. How hard is it to spend an afternoon detailing the thing before sale? Seems like it’s worth the extra sales price you could get by doing that or paying a hundred or so to someone to do it.
Spent the summer of ’76 driving one of these through the winding roads of southern Sweden near Helsingbord…….. fun little cars and even prettier wimmens.
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