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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ford Capri (1969-1974)




After the success of the Ford Mustang in the United States, the American automotive giant also wanted him to conquer Europe.

Large advertising, as well as the important role in the film by Claude Lelouche'a "Man and Woman," in which Jean-Louis Trintignant he takes the car, Anouk Aimée, and it starts at the Monte Carlo Rally, have not yielded the expected result of the market. Mustang was too expensive for Europeans, and especially its exploitation.

It was therefore decided to prepare a new, fuel-efficient sports car model. This project was named Colt. Over its implementation began in 1965, the work of a team of British engineers under the leadership of John Hitchmana.

After two years the car was ready. But it turned out that Colt name has already been registered by Mitsubishi. For this reason, once again in the history of the Ford Capri appeared. In the years 1961-1964 produced poorly seller (only 19 thousand. Copies) Classic model, a designation meant Consul Capri coupé version of the vehicle.

The first public demonstration of Ford's new car took place on 21 January 1969 in Bonn. Unveiled a small group of journalists in Cyprus. But there is an embargo on any information about him until January 24, 1969. Then the Brussels Motor Show was the official premiere. Ford Capri the place became a huge sensation.

Production started simultaneously in two European subsidiaries of American concern - in Dagenham in England and Cologne, Germany. In less than two years they have produced almost 600 thousand Capri.

In Britain, they were advertised under the slogan "The car you always promised yourself" (the car that we always promised.) Type a new sports car stand out a great line. Well-contoured front seats to ensure proper position of the steering wheel at an angle and a short shift lever gave immense pleasure of driving this vehicle. Unfortunately, people in the back of the udczuwali not the same. I just do not have too much space. Limited them to low-sloping roof line of the body.

Ford Capri was distinguished by the multiplicity of varieties. In his time he was the only car, which used as many as 13 versions and 11 engine variants of the equipment. In this model there was only one body. Looking at the Capri, it was not known how this model, which is hidden under the hood and inside the vehicle. You could not recognize where it was produced at Dagenham, or in Cologne.

Models produced in the UK from Germany differed primarily engines. Initially, the choice of England were in-line engines Kent 1300 and 1600, both also available in enhanced versions of GT. Vehicles with a choice of Cologne V4 units were used earlier in the Taunus model: 1300, 1500, 1700, and 2000 GT V6.

In 1970, the offer appeared on 3000 GT V6, but this car had not enjoyed too much popularity.
The first generation of engines were a couple. In February 1974 the market showed a second version of the Ford Capri. These changes were primarily the front part of the body and trunk, which has now received the third door, so that its capacity has nearly doubled, to 430 l. The new model has lost some of its sporty looks. 4 years later came the third generation of Capri. This vehicle is most easily identified by the dual front headlights (previously used only in 3000 GLX) and a black, rear spoiler.

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