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50 Years of Ford Capri

 

Celebrating the Ford Capri, Europe’s first answer to the Mustang - https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/profile/faye-fearon By Faye Fearon


Tuesday 15 January 2019

Old-school cars are seriously cool. Why is that? It's possibly due to the groundbreaking modernisation that characterised car developments in the 20th century. Ford in particular played a lead role in this constant

A family-size fastback with Grand Prix style? The Ford Capri was a motor revolution. In honour of its 50th Anniversary, we look back at a classic car that will never go out of style

ld-school cars are seriously cool. Why is that? It's possibly due to the groundbreaking modernisation that characterised car developments in the 20th century. Ford in particular played a lead role in this constant advancement. Rewind to Brussels on this day in 1969 and you might find yourself at the city's annual motor show, looking at its leading revelation: the Ford Capri Mk1. Dubbed the European equivalent to the Mustang, today marks its 50th anniversary, so we compiled everything you need to know about this iconic classic car.

'The car you always promised yourself'

They claimed it was “the car you always promised yourself”. They being Ford, the brain behind this new model tailored for sporting style, but affordable and practical too. Its 1969 revelation looked a little something like this: four seats, a two-door GT, D-shaped windows and a long nose – all adding up to a coupé that married American-inspired design with European practicality.

“A genuine fastback. That doesn’t cost a fortune. Handles like a sports car. You sit low. Relaxed. Pretty much the way a Grand Prix driver sits,” said the lines on its first adverts. Appealing, much? Stylish and inexpensive, a motor icon had been born.

An instant hit

It was instantly successful, likely because Ford offered the model with a choice of five engines: 1300, 1300GT, 1600, 1600GT and 2000GT. It could be as powerful as a buyer wanted it to be. There was as much scope for families to casually drive down to the seaside in this car as there was for a nonchalant gent to cruise along the motorway. A year after sales began, a quarter of a million models had been built. Another six months later, more than one million had been sold.

 

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