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  Ford Capri (1969-1986)  

The 1962 Ford Consul Capri was the coupe version of the Ford 109E Consul Classic.

Production of the Capri began in November 1968. It was unveiled in January 1969 at the Brussels Motor Show, with sales starting the following month. The intention was to reproduce in Europe the success Ford had had with the North American Ford Mustang: to produce a European pony car. Under the new body, the running gear was very similar to the 1966 Cortina. The rear suspension employed a live axle supported on leaf springs with short radius rods. MacPherson struts were featured at the front in combination with rack and pinion steering sourced from the Ford Escort.

The Capri proved highly successful, with 400,000 cars sold in its first two years. Ford revised it in late 1971. It received new and more comfortable suspension, enlarged tail-lights and new seats. Larger headlamps with separate indicators were also fitted, with quad headlamps now featured on the 3000GXL model. The Kent engines were replaced by the Ford Pinto engine and the previously UK-only 3000 GT joined the German line-up. In the UK the 2.0 L V4 remained in use. In 1973, the Capri saw the highest sales total it would ever attain, at 233,000 vehicles: the 1,000,000th Capri, an RS 2600, was completed on 29 August.

On 25 February 1974, the Capri II was introduced with all new bodywork. After 1.2 million cars sold, and with the 1973 oil crisis, Ford chose to make the new car more suited to everyday driving with a shorter bonnet, larger cabin and the adoption of a hatchback rear door. A further revision came along in 1978, and although little more than an update of the Capri II, it usually often referred to as the Mk III.

Ford began to focus their attention on the UK Capri market as sales declined elsewhere, realising the car had something of a cult following there. Unlike sales of the contemporary four-door Cortina, Capri sales in Britain were mostly to private buyers who would demand fewer discounts than fleet buyers, allowing for higher margins on the coupé. Ford tried to maintain interest in 1977 with Ford Rallye Sport, Series X, "X Pack" options from the performance oriented RS parts range. Although expensive and slow selling these proved that the press would enthusiastically cover more developed Capris with higher performance. However, the rise in popularity of "hot hatchbacks" and sports saloons during the early 1980s saw demand for affordable sports car fall throughout Europe. Between 1980 and 1983, Ford launched the Fiesta XR2, Escort XR3/XR3i and Sierra XR4i. In 1986 the Capri was withdrawn.

Vanguards have modelled both the Mk1 (pre and post facelift) and the MkIII Capris.

Mark 1
Vanguards VA13300; Ford Capri Mk1; 1600GT XLR Capri Special, Vista Orange Vanguards VA13301; Ford Capri Mk1; 3000GT; Lancashire County Constabulary Vanguards VA13302; Ford Capri Mk1; RS3100; Olympic Blue Vanguards VA13303; Ford Capri Mk1; 3000GT; 1973 Avon Tour of Great Britain; Roger Clark & Tony Mason Vanguards VA13304; Ford Capri Mk1; 3000GT; Thames Valley Police
Vanguards VA13300; Ford Capri Mk1 1600GT XLR, Capri Special, Vista Orange Vanguards VA13301; Ford Capri Mk1 3000GT; Lancashire County Constabulary Vanguards VA13302; Ford Capri Mk1 RS3100; Olympic Blue Vanguards VA13303; Ford Capri Mk1 3000GT; 1973 Avon Tour of Great Britain; Roger Clark & Tony Mason Vanguards VA13304; Ford Capri Mk1 3000GT; Thames Valley Police
Still Looking Vanguards VA13305B; Ford Capri Mk1; RS3100; Sebring Red; Australian Export Model Vanguards VA13306; Ford Capri Mk1; Tawny Metallic, Collector's Club Model Vanguards VA13307; Ford Capri Mk1; Chrome Finish Collector's Club Model Vanguards VA13308; Ford Capri Mk1; 3000 GXL; Sapphire Blue
Vanguards VA13305A; Ford Capri Mk1 RS3100; Sebring Red RHD Vanguards VA13305B; Ford Capri Mk1 RS3100; Sebring Red
Australian Export Model
Vanguards VA13306; Ford Capri Mk1 1600GT XLR; Tawny Metallic, Collector's Club Model Vanguards VA13307; Ford Capri Mk1; Chrome Finish Collector's Club Model Vanguards VA13308; Ford Capri Mk1 3000 GXL; Sapphire Blue
Not Issued Vanguards VA13310; Ford Capri Mk1; 1600GT XLR; Fern Green Metallic Not Issued Vanguards VA13312; Ford Capri Mk1 2300GT; 1969 Tour de France 6th; Piot & Behra; RN93 Vanguards VA13313; Ford Capri Mk1 3000E; Silver Fox
Vanguards VA13309; Ford Capri Mk1 Vanguards VA13310; Ford Capri Mk1 1600GT XLR; Fern Green Metallic Vanguards VA13311; Ford Capri Mk1 Vanguards VA13312; Ford Capri Mk1 2300GT; 1969 Tour de France 6th; Piot & Behra; RN93 Vanguards VA13313; Ford Capri Mk1 3000E; Silver Fox

Mark III
Vanguards VA10800; Ford Capri Mk III; 2.8 Injection, Caspian Blue Metallic Still Looking Vanguards VA10802; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0; Greater Manchester Police Vanguards VA10803; Ford Capri Mk III; Signal Yellow Vanguards VA10804; Ford Capri Mk III; 1978 British Saloon Car Championship Winner; Gordon Spice, RN1
Vanguards VA10800; Ford Capri Mk III 2.8 Injection, Caspian Blue Metallic Vanguards VA10801; Ford Capri Mk III; Quick Brew Racing Vanguards VA10802; Ford Capri Mk III 2.8 Injection; Greater Manchester Police Vanguards VA10803; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Signal Yellow Vanguards VA10804; Ford Capri Mk III; 1978 British Saloon Car Championship Winner; Gordon Spice, RN1
Vanguards VA10805; Ford Capri Mk III; Sussex Police Vanguards VA10806; Ford Capri Mk III; 3.0s; 1982 British Saloon Car Championship; Vince Woodman Vanguards VA10807; Ford Capri Mk III; 3.0S; Signal Orange Vanguards VA10808; Ford Capri Mk III; Plated Chrome (VCC) Vanguards VA10809; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Strato Silver
Vanguards VA10805; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Sussex Police Vanguards VA10806; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0s; 1982 British Saloon Car Championship; Vince Woodman Vanguards VA10807; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Signal Orange Vanguards VA10808; Ford Capri Mk III; Plated Chrome (VCC) Vanguards VA10809; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Strato Silver
Vanguards VA10810; Ford Capri Mk III; 3.0S; Black Vanguards VA10811; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Signal Amber Vanguards VA10812; Ford Capri Mk III; 2.8i; Forest Green & Crystal Green Vanguards VA10813; Ford Capri Mk III; 280, Brooklands Green, The Last Capri Vanguards VA10814A; Ford Capri Mk III; 3.0 Ghia; Oyster Gold (RHD)
Vanguards VA10810; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Black Vanguards VA10811; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Signal Amber Vanguards VA10812; Ford Capri Mk III 2.8i; Forest Green & Crystal Green Vanguards VA10813; Ford Capri Mk III 280, Brooklands Green
The Last Capri
Vanguards VA10814A; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0 Ghia; Oyster Gold (RHD)
Vanguards VA10814B; Ford Capri Mk III; 3.0 Ghia; Oyster Gold (LHD Germany) Vanguards VA10815A; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Peppermint Sea Green, Autocar Roadtest Car, RHD UK Still Looking Vanguards VA10816; Ford Capri Mk III; 2.8i Special; Rosso Red Vanguards VA10817; Ford Capri Mk III; 1.6 Calypso; Cardinal Red & Strato Silver
Vanguards VA10814B; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0 Ghia; Oyster Gold
(LHD Germany)
Vanguards VA10815A; Ford Capri MkIII 3.0S; Peppermint Sea Green
Autocar Roadtest Car, RHD UK
Vanguards VA10815B; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Peppermint Sea Green, LHD France Vanguards VA10816; Ford Capri Mk III 2.8i Special; Rosso Red Vanguards VA10817; Ford Capri Mk III 1.6 Calypso; Cardinal Red & Strato Silver
Vanguards VA10818; Ford Capri Mk III; 3.0S; Tibetan Gold Still Looking Vanguards VA10820; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Graphite Grey Vanguards VA10821; Ford Capri Mk III 2.0S; Cobalt Blue Still Looking
Vanguards VA10818; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Tibetan Gold Vanguards VA10819; Ford Capri Mk III 2.8i Special Diamond White Vanguards VA10820; Ford Capri Mk III 3.0S; Graphite Grey Vanguards VA10821; Ford Capri Mk III 2.0S; Cobalt Blue Vanguards VA10822; Ford Capri Mk III 2.8 Injection Special; Paris Blue

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