European Ford: 1973 Mercury Capri

From 1971 through 1974 Ford imported the European built Capri and sold it at Lincoln-Mercury dealers across the USA.  It might not have the rally pedigree of something like the European Escort, but it combined a long-hood short-rear look of a Mustang with inline-4 and V6 power into something special.  Find this 1973 Mercury Capri here on eBay bidding for $3,550 reserve-not-met with buy-it-now of $5,000 located in Polson, MT.

When introduced the Capri sold quite well in the US Market, it was perfectly timed to offer good fuel economy at the height of the gas crisis, but performance wasn’t bad because it was not a heavyweight.  Think of it like a good looking alternative to the Mustang II and it isn’t surprising that Mercury sold 120,000 examples in the 1973 model year alone…but good luck finding one for sale today.

Powering the Capri is the 2.6 liter Cologne V6 that was rated at 106 horsepower and 130 ft-lbs of torque.  It wasn’t a stop light dragster, but the rack-and-pinion steering up front and simple live axle rear setup makes a decent car for the corners.

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