5k: Sleeper Status: 1974 Mercury Capri V8

 Yet another Mercury is plastered on the front page of Daily Turismo –what is going on?  The truth is that Mercury may have cost a few more bucks for a luxury themed Ford product when new, but now the relationship is inverted, you get a discount on a classic Mustang if you buy a Cougar.  However, this next Mercury is no ordinary Ford, it is a first generation Capri.  The Capri was a sporty coupe built by Ford of Europe (in Germany) and
imported to the USA under the Mercury brand…but…this is no ordinary Capri!  Find this 1974 Mercury Capri V8 currently bidding for $3,550 on eBay with two days to go, located in Chandler, AZ.  

The first thing that comes to mind when you see these under sized and over exposed photos is to move on…but…these sort of horrible advertisements are where you are going to find the best deals.  A professional flipper/seller who takes detailed photos and knows the market won’t let his auction get ignored, but the son of the person who built the car who is just trying to clean his garage…that is an entirely different story.

The seller’s dad put this ’68 Ford 302 small block V8 in the place of the original I4 or V6 engine installed at the factory in Cologne.  The V8 is lightly cammed and should be a considerable improvement in low end oomph even though it is mated to an automatic transmission.

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

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