The Capri developed a cult following from launch in 1969, and while it’s not been made since the eighties, our Most Wanted poll shows it’s still highly rated.
It started life as a fastback and was originally offered with a wide variety of engines, including the 3.0-litre V6. The 1974 Mk2 moved to a hatch body, and although sales slowly declined, by the time the last car rolled off the line in 1986, 1.8 million had been built.
Absence has made the heart grow fonder and there’s periodic speculation that Ford may use the name on a new car. Our design shows how a new Capri could mix Ford’s trademark grille with the swooping roofline which harks back to the original fastback. Things don’t look good for a return of the fans’ favourite, though, and the imminent UK launch of the new Mustang – in right-hand drive for the first time – won’t help its chances. “At the current point there is no smaller coupe, Capri or otherwise, planned for the near future,” a Ford spokesman explained.
Production chances: 1/5
Dubbed “the car you always promised yourself”, the Capri offered customers varying blends of performance and economy thanks to a wide choice of engines, ranging from a four-cylinder 1.3-litre to the range-topping 3.0-litre V6
Fastback styling eventually gave way to a slightly more practical hatchback body with the launch of the Mk II Capri in 1974, and although this did nothing to spoil the eye-catching looks, sales gradually began to decline.
In October 1976, all manufacturing transferred to Germany, although the car continued to be sold in the UK. Such was its popularity over here that from late 1984 onwards, even though sales on the continent wound up, Ford continued to offer the Capri in Britain.
The end was in sight though and after three generations and over 1.8 million cars built, production of the front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car eventually ceased in 1986.