I’ve been in love with the Mk I Ford Capri since it appeared in the U.S. 50 years ago. My first car was my father’s 1973 Capri. He’d previously owned a ’66 Dodge Charger, but when the oil crisis took hold, he sold it and went the sensible route, opting for the 2.0-liter four and a four-speed. My brother, Skip, didn’t escape the Capri malady, either, and he spent many weekends autocrossing them back in the late 1970s and early ’80s ...
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What a stunning example. I'm not sure if I have ever seen a capri myself. But this one is quite awesome. Worthy of SEMA, that must've felt pretty special. Nice work!
Ah, what memories. My first car was a 1973 Mercury Capri GT 2600 (2.6L) V6, 4 spd man. I purchased it for $250 in 1986. It was a heap but the engine ran like a "bat out of hell." I spent the whole summer bringing it back to life. It consumed me like the movie Christine, based on Stephen Kings novel by same name. It was a labor of love. It went from rusty canary yellow to pearl white and I blacked out the chrome. It had aluminum Mag wheels, a raised rear end, shortened tail pipes, electric engine fans and electric fuel pump. The person who sold it to me could not believe the transformation when I gave him a ride. When I was finished I protected her; I almost ran my friends over one night when they all tried to pile in on it and I punched it in reverse. The combination of a small car and a V6 was plenty fast. I regretted having to sell it when I joined the Army. When I got out of the Army 4 years later I found another 1973 Mercury Capri V6 fixer upper in a bit nicer condition for $600 in 1990. I restored her also but kept her stock. I eventually sold that one too as college took a higher priority. My '73 Capris, both of them, were upgraded to '74 rear pop-out windows, since the '73's were only glued on and the '74 were attached by hardware. I note that the Orange one in the article has '73, or earlier, bumpers. Nicely done!
Borrowed my co-worker's Capri for a few months when I was a starving flight instructor. Don't remember the MY of the car, but the ignition switch was dash-mounted and the key required quite a bit of finagling to get it to start. Ran like a champ though and, as a manual, was pretty fun to drive.
Beautiful car. It brings back memories, my first car was a 1973 2600 V6 Capri, it was a lot of fun.
I occasionally have dreams where I find the car again or get it out of storage and get it running again.
This was my first car out of college. Three speed, manual. Loved that car. Fun to drive, plenty of power, and great handling. You did it justice. Well done! Bravo!
What a nice car , a lot of good memories of teenage years cause I had three of them , your whole setup is nice ,thinking of doing my 96 s10 same way , thanks for inspiration
I had a 71 Capri that I bought for $1000 in 1975. It was a fine example but had been discounted because the clutch was just about shot. Up to this point, I had never attempted a major car repair but I figured "How hard can it be?"
I needed the car for work and school so drove it for a month with a shot clutch. I finally replaced the clutch over a holiday weekend. Turned out to be an extremely simple job that I was a able to do with my limited tool set lying on my back in the apartment complex parking lot.
Once the clutch was fixed, that tiny 4 cylinder engine proved to be quite a good match for the lightweight Capri.
The car met its end when an elderly women in a Cadillac Eldorado punched it from a stop sign, rammed me into another car, a telephone pole and a third car coming the other way.
After the carnage came to a stop, I jumped out of my smashed car, ran over to the Cadillac, flung open the door and exclaimed "Lady, Do You Have Insurance?" That was a bad moment. I had no concern for her wellbeing. She was fine though.
She told the police officer who finally showed up after an hour that I "Appeared out of nowhere and hit her car." She got the ticket. I got my money back for the car and I bought it back from the insurance company for $100. There wasn't much left worth salvaging except that nice engine, transmission and new clutch which I sold for $400.
My next car was an Opel Manta with a spun rod bearing. I bought it thinking "How hard can it be?" to fix. That repair was a bit more difficult but did it lying on my back in the apartment complex parking lot.
I would have loved to have shown my ‘74. All I did was Autocross it. Bought it brand new. Ordered it with the 2800 V6, 4speed, with Signal Green paint. Began the process of turning into an IMSA race car almost immediately. My friends and family all thought I was nuts; pulling off body panels and replacing them with fibreglass pieces. Lowered it five inches, widened the four wheels to 10 inches to fit enormous 11 inch wide BF Goodrich Radial T/A’s. hand fabricated my own 1 inch sway bars front and rear.
Lastly, engine mods. Grafted a 289 four barrel mount to the Capri intake to run a 650 Holley double pumper. Being the Cologne Germany made engine, I was able swap out all the ignition for Porsche equipment. 11:1 pistons and the German Ford rally cam really brought that little V6 to life. Never had it dynoed, but it have to be putting out 300 horsepower. And could it ever rev. I could buzz that thing to 7500 RPM. It helped that each crank throw had its own main bearing.
I miss that little car and trying to find one now has been a non starter.
For the ultimate V8 Capri just search for "Mick Hill Boss Capri" so called because it was a Capri built for racing in the UK using a Boss Mustang engine. I had 3 Capri's all 3.0 V6, an engine that I don't think was available in the USA, fab cars like "Mini Mustangs"
Nice work! Beautiful car! I have a 1972 Capri 3000 (my first car) with a V6 and a 1973 Ford Capri Perana V8, the real thing from South Africa. Owned it since 1979 and am just about done restoring it. Had it at the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance this year. I'm sure yours is a blast to drive. Enjoy!
Fantastic conversion, well done and I bet it is blast to drive. I had a 1974 V-6 version that I tweaked with different carburation and reworked ignition and suspension. My daily commute back then was from the eastside of the Santa Monica Mtns. to the Pacific Coast Hwy south. Drove Malibu Canyon Road or Kanan Road twice a day. It was fun with that car and probably would a whole lot funner with this one.
My second car, behind a '68 Mustang Coupe, was a 1973 2600 Capri in a medium green color. It was a blast to drive around in high school. In fact, rummaging through some old photos the other day I came across a picture of it. Brought back a flood of memories. This car is well done!!!
Had a friend with a 'stock' Capri.
Great body stile. (US)
Not too much performance though - use to race him with my 'Pinto' Ha_ very evenly matched.
But they were still a lot of fun, figuring maby a 8ft burn-out. [lock stock 4cyl]
Bought one of these when they first came out and I was living in the Davenport, IA area. My main memory is of the electric wiper motor breaking almost immediately and the long wait for the replacement part to show up.
GREAT CAR!! I owned a 1974 Ford Capri with 4 cylinder and 4 speed. It was yellow with black factory interior. No A/C, PS, or PB, but was sooo much fun to drive. However, my then brother-in-law (who needed a car, SO I "loaned" it to him) wrecked it and my insurance company called it a total loss. They let me keep the car and paid me a fraction of the cost I paid for it, $550.00! Missed it ever since this happened.