The Mercury Capri is a two door coupe that was first developed as its own model for the 1970 model year. The vehicle was developed by the European Ford Company and assembled over seas in Germany. As the car was introduced to the North American Market, some referred to the automobile as the “baby mustang” and indeed it did bear some resemblance to the famous pony car.
The initial cost of the car in the United States was $2300. In 1971, Ford began using the 2.0 L OHC I4 engine. This would soon be upgraded to the 2.6 L Cologne V6 for the 1972 model year. These first generation Mercury Capri’s would receive slight design changes and facelifts every few years. The exterior of the Capri was actually redesigned for 1975 to make the car a hatch back. This car was known as a Mercury Capri II for the North American market. The engine choices changed to the 2.8 Liter Colgne V6 engine and the 2.3 Lima 4 cylinder engine.
The Mercury Capri was a popular car and Ford would design a second generation Capri for 1979. It would also move production of the vehicle to the United States. Assembly would take place in Dearborn, Michigan. This generation would last from 1979 throu 1986. The body style would also change from a two door coupe to a three door hatchback. The car would see various engines over these years and was offered as a four speed automatic or a five speed manual transmission.
By 1991, a third generation Mercury Capri was developed and the location of assembly was changed once more. This time the automobile would be assembled in Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia. The body style would also change and the Capri would now be a two door roadster with a 1.6 L 100hp IP engine or a Turbo 1.6L 132hp I4 engine. With sales sagging both in the United States and abroad, Ford pulled the plug on the Capri and its last production year was 1994.