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Ford Capris

The Ford Capri was the car you always promised yourself! Well that's what Ford said in their advertising campaign anyway.So in 1987 when I passed my test (after one lesson I might add), I bought myself a Mk1 1.6 GT and never looked back.What a car! Furry dice, Kevin and Tracy sticker, White Dukes of Hazzard Stripe... went round corners like a recycled Korean turnip! Well, those were the days!!! Beautiful car!! 


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Ford Capris Last post by kazboot
25 September 2010

Do You Remember Ford Capris?

Do You Remember Ford Capris?

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    I remember my dad had a silver one,but he wasnt too pleased with the output of the 1300 engine if i remember correctly,i think the power to weight ratio was a bit rubbish,he got rid of it after a year,and traded it in for a mk2 Escort with a brown vinyl roof, I must admit this was a vast improvement on the Capri.
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    BEST car ever!!! I had a 1973 Daytona Yellow 1600GT mk I Facelift,a 1979 Gold 2.0 S,1981 Silver 2.0S (it looked like Bodie AND Doyle lived at my house!!),1983 Dark Grey 2.0S,1984 white 2.8 Injection Special,1985 blue/silver 2.8 injection Special(fitted with 2.0 modern Ford twin cam Injection engine-AWSOME CAR!!!!)1987 Capri 280 "Brooklands" Green, 1986 Paris Blue 1600 Laser,1981 Black 2.0S. These were the ones that i actually ran - I also have had at least 5 more capri's ,projects that never quite made it or cars I broke to prolong other cars lives or on the odd occasion bought,never started working on then sold for a profit! Capri's have always been good to me,i dont think I ever had a truly bad one ,I actually bought, sold,bought back,sold and bought back the grey 2.0s ! I finally broke it after the rust got too much but it gave me 130,000 miles of fantastic driving pleasure and only let me down when I neglected it in later life. I got my first Capri in 1984 and sold my last one in 2011 and am pretty sure that I never had a time between those date when I didn't own at least one capri. I also have a feeling in my water that another one will find me (like Harry Potter's Wand!!!) in the future,although I bet I will be paying a lot more than the average £180-300 that used to by a bloody good one!!I really miss those long bonnets lively handling (I simply CANNOT relate to front wheel drive cars!)and the general good feeling from other owners and ex-owners. I currently drive the Capri's "grandson" a Ford Probe-a surprisingly good car,well appointed,comfortable,adequately fast and amazingly good looking (the wife LOVES it -she refused to be seen in the Capri's!). Fantastic car that was a massive part of my life-I was known for years as Caprinix ! I even made a reasonble part-time wage supplying spares on ebay for a number of years,wish I had my stock of spares to sell now as the market for GOOD capri bits is now going thru the roof!
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    There's an '81 Capri around in my home town that some bunch of chavs have got hold of- they've ruined it, taken off both bumpers and the front grille, and replaced the bonnet with a black unpainted one with bolt-fasteners on the front. Presumably they think this makes it look like a muscle car- idiots.... I'm surprised that there are so few of them left around nowadays, as they were in production right up until '86. I recently found an old competition leaflet from '74 run by some confectionary company, offering people the chance to win seven Capri 1300s. Can't imagine a 1.3 Capri performing very well....
  • chopper782010
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    My Dad Had a Capri in the early eighties it was an orange Mk2 with a vinyl roof and it was a 1600 GT it was the coolest car my dad has ever owned and sadly didnt have it very long as it came to grief one early morning . I remember wanting to stand up on the transmission tunnel with my head out of the sun roof but being told to sit down again, telling all my mates thats my Dads car.
  • Anonymous user
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    Nice to hear that there are a few capris still about...completely bstardised which defeats the object of owning one but there you go! Mum had about 4.......there's never been a car like it since.
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    I keep an immaculate 1984 Injection as a limitd mileage classic. I've owned it for nearly 13 yrs & love it! I have had the engine enlarged to 3,000cc & I had a brand new Turbo Technics system & 7th injector fitted in 2007. It punts out 230 Bhp & 280 lbs ft at 3750 rpm. The engine is still bedding in, once it has done so, the car goes back to 'The Engine Tuner,' to have the boost increased. 250 Bhp & 300 lb ft of torque will be the order of the day. The whole car is extensively modded beneath the skin-brakes, suspension, transmission etc. The T-9 gearbox has been extensively strengthened & the ratios changed to mirror the 4 sp box. It really does 'GO LIKE LIGHTENING!" 0-60 is sub 6 seconds & the mid range poke is phenomenal. Awesome Q-car :) Bodie & Doyle would love it! I annihilated a 3.2i Audi A3 several months ago that tried to take the hit n miss. The look on the Panzer driver's face was a picture as I steamed past him in 2nd gear! Old Ford's just get MEANER & HARDER :)
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    Owned a few over the years , including a 3 litre now have an '86 2.8 injection special with 230 bhp turbo technics conversion, Great Car !! you can keep all that new tinny rubbish !! Great fun to drive, always brings a smile to my face !!
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    I had a 2.8i in 1998 with the 4 speed box, jeez did that thing go!, mostly sideways! I think I saw the boot more than i saw the bonnet, loved every minute of it though, even with the crazy fuel consumption!
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    unsure as not really just a memory as i still have 4 off them , and have owned 14 in total so far , they bring back my youth and now after 14 of them i can handle them. great car so much fun to drive worth every hour i spend under that enormous bonnet
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    Ah the Capri..... I must have had the worst one on the planet.... It was snot green. Had no headrests, every other one I saw did. But it was great. U needed to sit on a box to see the end of the bonnet and parking was fun to say the least. Oh and the demister never worked. It was the only car ive ever had which, when it was frosty, had ice on the INSIDE.