5k: Don’t Call Me Crapi: 1971 Mercury Capri

The Capri was a sporty coupe built by Ford of Europe (in Germany) and imported to the USA under the Mercury brand.  Power came from a variety of V4, I4 and V6 engines mated to the rear wheels via manual transmissions for a proper driving experience.  Find this 1971 Mercury Capri for sale in Los Gatos, CA currently bidding on ebay for $5,100 with 2 days to go.

The Capri was built on the Ford Cortina chassis and was an attempt by Ford in Europe to create a small Mustanglike 2+2 for local consumption.  The public reaction wasn’t quite as positive as the Mustang in the US, but it did sell well and a generation (or two!) can look back fondly on the Capri as a great starter car for the young hooligan in training.

This Capri is equipped with the base 1.6 liter inline-4 cylinder engine putting out 75 horsepower which is a shame because the 2.0 liter equipped Capris are actually entertaining to drive.  Consider this one a good candidate for a 302 V8 engine swap sleeper project.

The interior is in so-so shape, but about what you would expect for five grand.

This forest green classic is wearing a set of period correct wheels and looks to be a decent deal for the shopper looking for a European built classic with American influence. 

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