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Estimate - £8,000 - £12,000
In the mid-1960s Ford Europe were eying, with some envy, the stampeding success of the Mustang in the USA and instigated a development program for a European equivalent. Initially the intention was for this car to be called the ‘Colt’ to reinforce the link to its American cuz’ and hopefully have some of its magic sales dust rub off on it. Unfortunately Mitsubishi took umbrage and the Capri name was coined. Designed by American Philip T. Clark who was also responsible for the Mustang, a staggering 1.9 million units were sold between 1969 and its sad demise at the end of 1986. A good indication of just how ‘right’ Ford got it with the Capri is that its replacement, the Probe, only sold in numbers more reminiscent of a strictly limited production run. The Capri’s fastback styling was, for Ford at least, ground-braking for its day but the ‘mostly bonnet’ profile had definite Mustang DNA in it and Ford’s engineers did an admirable job of keeping the cars looks sporty while still providing sufficient cabin space for the family man to at least kid himself that there was room in the back for a child or two. To enable Ford to build the car to a sellable price, engines, gearboxes, rear axles and many suspension components were borrowed from more prosaic models in the Ford range, most notably the Cortina. The resultant combination of value for money and desirability was an instant success and the Capri quickly established itself as the market leader in the ‘sporty, two door, coupe, with room for the family (nearly) or a long weekend away’ sector.
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