This next car comes from Cory who writes: super cool 1974 Ford Capri roller- what engine should get installed? That is a great question. I’d suggest either a 4.3 liter V8 from the Ferrari California or a 2.6 liter 16V Cosworth i-6 from a W201 Mercedes (the Capri is German after all…) if you are […]
The Ford of Germany built first generation Mercury Capri (1970-1974) continues to be an affordable classic that anyone with a few bucks can afford. Yes, it isn’t a first gen fastback Mustang, but it punches well above its weight class and looks amazing in Army green. Find this 1971 Mercury Capri bidding for $7776 with […]
The Mercury Capri is one of those cars that people don’t understand. Or at least they didn’t understand when it was new. It was a sporty manual gearbox equipped 2+2 built in Germany that was sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealers for much less than a Mercury Cougar. But Elvis understands the Capri. He gets the international roots and the sublime handling that goes with a small 2.6 liter Cologne V6. Find this 1971 Mercury Capri offered for $14,500 in Quakertown, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
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.
If you wanted a fun 2-door from Ford in 1973 you had a few options. You could get a little junky Pinto, a larger junky Maverick, a plus sized Mustang, a gigantic Torino or a XXL Thunderbird (which was a 5000lb two-door, no joke). But there was another Skywalker. There was a hidden gem, built in Germany by Ford, badged as the Mercury Capri, and it handled better than anything from the Americas. Oddly enough, the American public loved the Capri and at its peak the Capri was the second most imported car into the USA (first was the Beetle, of course). However, you don’t find many Capris driving around on the street today and this next example is about the top of the market…and wowza, that is some groovy paint. Find this 1973 Mercury Capri bidding for $17,000 in Charlotte, NC via eBay.
The first Ford product to wear the Capri badge was a German built Ford and a few years later it was recycled as the Mercury Capri (a thinly disguised Mustang produced during the 1980’s.) The Capri nameplate left in 1986, but the name would appear again in 1991 on an entirely different car while the […]
Prices for the Mercury/Ford Capri have been historically low for a number of reasons. First was Fords inexplicable placement of the Capri at Mercury dealers when it was a Ford in Europe and sold well as a Ford over there…but in 1974 it was objectively a wayyyy better Mustang than the Mustang II and somebody […]
I seriously hate to post another German Capri on the site because the first generation Capri is one of those hidden gems of the vintage automotive world. It offers a unique combination of driveability, fun, coolness, price, and …well…uniqueness that is hard to beat for the market price. Shhhhhhhhhh. Don’t tell anyone. We don’t want […]
This next car is about as odd of a combination as you’ll find around — first it is the Mercury Capri from the time when they shared a chassis and powertrain with the Fox-body Mustang, and it is equipped with a manual gearbox, but the kicker is that it is one of the few Capri’s […]
A good advertisement gives detailed information about a vehicle and lists its condition and asking price in thorough detail…but a great advertisement gives just enough detail that you forget the negative points of the car and build this amazing picture in your mind of what the car could be. This next advertisement does exactly that. Find […]