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Ford Capri Mk2

Ford Capri Mk2

I am now assisting Eloise in my spare time (Sunday afternoons!) to update you the Oxford community about anything I think maybe of interest. This will include:

  • Development Updates
  • Significant Impending Releases
  • CAD
  • First off shots
  • Recollections
  • Reviews of Releases
  • Anything Else

So we start with Ford and a catalogue from the 1970’s, I will explain the reasons why a little later, but first the background.

Ford Catalogue 1977.

 

My brother started delivering newspapers when I was 9 years old, so he could earn some extra cash, I would tag along with him to help. On a Sunday, the newspapers were triple the size with the inclusion of business sections, weekly TV listings, magazines etc. You couldn’t carry all the newspapers in one bag it was impossible and the route you took meant you were walking for over a mile. Rather than returning to the newsagents halfway through the round to collect the second bag, I would walk with him lugging it over my shoulder, it was so heavy I would often be left with scars; my brother would give me 6d for my help!

At 11 I was old enough to be given my own round, meaning I would get properly paid as well! There were fewer cars on the road back then, but there were Fords everywhere, the only Japanese cars I remember were Datsuns. The paper round was quite monotonous and spread over a wide area. Frustratingly I had about 30 papers on Penlan Crescent, the first 28 house were reasonably close together, but the last two were over quarter of a mile apart. It was during this walk, that I started looking at cars and noticing the differences. Looking at their fronts on the first leg – the lights, the grilles, the wing mirrors and anything else that caught my eye. On the return I would concentrate on the rears, noting the variants and the specifications on each of the cars that I had seen, soon I was looking at vehicles as I walked to school. As the years passed by it was no longer acceptable for me to identify a car as a Cortina for example, I needed to look at a car and as quickly possibly identify it – ‘that’s a Ford Cortina Mk3 GXL four-door, it an L reg plate so it’s 1972’. The colour of the car was also important, to say blue was not good enough for me, I needed to know the different names, so Diamond Blue or Anchor Blue etc.

 

Ford Capri MK2 GL Interior

Ford Capri MK2 GL Interior

To better understand the differences, I needed some help and the solution was simple, all I had to do was visit garages around Swansea and pick up some car brochures. In some showrooms it was quite easy and they would often give me out of date issues, others were more challenging and required a little more cunning! Interestingly many of the salesmen were keen to get rid of the out-of-date issues; which suited me more. Everywhere I went I collected car brochures, on my annual summer holidays to Torquay I would visit the showrooms, whilst camping with the scouts I would walk for miles I was obsessed in getting as many as I could.

Then I started to sell some of the many car brochures I had collected, particularly the more prestigious brands. I had built up friendships with many of the salesmen in the showrooms, often being given duplicates, or samples of the old leather colour patches. Sometimes within weeks of receiving them I would sell the copies I had through free sales postings in the motor magazines – many I would send overseas and my biggest sale was £19, a lot of money to me back then. I still have hundreds of them left and I store them in my garage.

 

Ford Capri S MK2 Interior - very subtle !

Ford Capri S MK2 Interior - very subtle !

The other day I was flicking through a few of these old brochures, recollecting that Ford would update their catalogue each month, sometimes it was disappointing as the cover was different, but the contents were basically the same. As I picked up one of these catalogues I had a flashback, the brochure was issued by Ford in September 1977. This was the same month, as a 16 year old, that I had started working on the factory floor at Mettoys in Swansea, the manufacturers of amongst other things Corgi Toys. I remember visiting CEM Days the Ford dealer a few weeks later, telling the salesman that I was employed now. He was joking with me and handed over my monthly catalogue ‘now you are working you’ll be able to buy your own car. Which one do you want, make sure it’s expensive as I’ll earn more commission’ he said. I flicked through the catalogue.

 

Ford Capri Ghia MK2 - centre console with quartz clock!

Ford Capri Ghia MK2 - centre console with quartz clock!

On the cover you can see line drawings of the cars that are the classic Fords to me, I don’t necessarily mean the MK, as each has their own history. Indeed, had there been a MK 1 Lotus Cortina or a MK 1 Capri in that catalogue one of those would definitely have been my choice.

The Capris started on page 39, ‘In a class of its own’ it said’, I would read many magazines and recalled an article that read ‘the Mustang had inspired the Ford Capri’. There certainly was something exciting about the Capri – it had style and the cars were selling everywhere, being manufactured at Halewood and Cologne.

I flicked through the catalogue looking at the model choices:

Capri 1300 and Capri L

Ford Capri MK2 1300

Ford Capri 1300

Reading the words economy definitely didn’t appeal to me, I often wondered in later life why these options were available, on the British Mustang! The intro to the Ford Capri range says:

‘It combines sports car style. Flair and excitement with estate car practicality. The Capri 1300 and Capri 1300 now come equipped with a 1300 Economy engine as standard.’

Imagine a Ford Mustang being described as having estate car practicality with a 1300 economy engine and fabric trim (yeuch).

Ford Capri MK2 L

Ford Capri L

The Capri L at least had the sports road wheel and carpeted load compartment. If you wanted either of these beauties and buying new, you had to remember that the radio was an optional extra. Imagine forgetting to tick that box, I know why the Halfords shops were so popular with their offerings back then.

Capri GL

Ford Capri MK2 GL

Ford Capri GL

Now we are getting a little bit extra in the Capri as we at least have the option of a 2000 OHC engine (twin carburettor and automatic choke) and a push button radio comes as standard. One of the features shown was a bodyside moulding – GL badging. Probably to make sure everyone knew that you hadn’t purchased the 1300/L versions – making sure the neighbours were absolutely clear about that….

Capri S

Ford Capri MK2 S

Ford Capri S

We have the 3000 V6 engine with an automatic choke, updated brakes, shock absorbers, tachometer, oil pressure gauge, head restraints, alloy road wheels, power steering and yes special bodystyle coachlines. Surely all the things a 16 year would need (the fact that I was not old enough to drive was not going to deter me!).

Capri Ghia

Ford Capri MK2 Ghia

Ford Capri Ghia

Can it get any better! This came with a sliding roof which had a tilt feature as standard. Also available was that V6 engine and the top speed is shown as 121 mph in 6.8 seconds – that would be really useful on my drive to the Mettoy factory each morning. I was used to waking up at 5:30am and catching the bus, with this V6 engine I could get up 6:30am and brush my teeth, get dressed in the car at the traffic lights and be in the diecasting area before 7:00 am.

It was going to be a choice between these last two. I turned to the salesman and said:

Capri S page 44, V6 engine Arizona Gold please, make it a 1978 plate’
‘not the Ghia’ he said with a smile, ‘I thought you would have chosen that’.
‘I don’t like vinyl roofs, it’s as simple as that’ I chipped in.

He then went on to tell me that the MK3 was launching the following year and I ‘d be better off waiting until then.

I never got my Ford Capri they were far too expensive as my wages were just £100 per month. Instead my first car was a Mini 1275 GT, JCY 646N a 1974 plate, colour Renard and yes I had the Dunlop Denovo tyres!

Now we get to the interesting bit as I don’t have a car at this time, but I do want to buy one (second-hand) and I am not sure what to get. I am looking for your thoughts and guidance, any brand as I open minded – something to suit someone who was born in the sixties.

So it’s over to you – send me your ideas on comment section below.

I guess I shouldn’t finish without picturing the Oxford Ford Capri MK2’s, with links for more info, along with some Design Cells and CAD.

 

76CPR001 Oxford Diecast

76CPR001 Ford Capri MK2 - Lime Green

 

76CPR002 Oxford Diecast

76CPR002 Ford Capri MK2 - Sahara Beige

76CPR003 Oxford Diecast

76CPR003 Ford Capri MK2 - White

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76CPR001 Design Cell Oxford Diecast
76CPR002 Design Cell Oxford Diecast
76CPR003 Design Cell Oxford Diecast
Oxford Diecast Ford Capri MK2 CAD
CAD Ford Capri MK2 Oxford Diecast
CAD Ford Capri MK2 Oxford Diecast
CAD Ford Capri MK2 Oxford Diecast

 

 So that's it until another time.

 

 

 

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Comments

Ashley Lovering - September 14, 2021

I recommend a Toyota Yaris … I bought a new one 5 years ago … cheapest car I have ever bought. Marvellous

Anthony Collins - September 14, 2021

Another vote for the Jaguar X308 XJR a great classic & still very affordable.
The stunning Mk2 Jaguar has to be the purists choice but is perhaps too specialist for you.
You always have to go with your first love, so a Capri Mk2 S 2.0 litre in Black or a 1600E in Aubergine would get my vote as most suitable for you.

P.H. Cheah - September 14, 2021

Hi Taff,

Sorry, neglected to add that I still collect brochures as well as model cars. Some people never grow up. Take care.

PH

David Crabb - September 14, 2021

Hello Taff
I remember these similar times too! most of my friends wanting the 2.8 Capri with the German engine that came a bit later! but i never liked fords! as a youngster preferring foreign cars like BMW that seemed to have a better reputation than their British equivalents so my first car a 1969 BMW 2002! much faster than any thing my friends had !! but that changed when i got hold of a 10 year old Daimler sovereign 4.2 litre straight six series One! 1970 H reg! gloss black with a red leather interior four electric windows and a full size webasto sun roof this for 18 year old me was an Amazing British car from a great British marque and even today I still remember it as exciting just starting that 4.2 litre engine! and one of the best cars i have ever owned! though different times! (1980) cheaper petrol and lax tire laws meant running it was probably a bit easier than today lol Another car I should mention was my Lancia Fulvia S3 coupe V4 N reg I liked to buy cars with History behind them and the Fulvia was a monte carlo rally winner! and had some thing of a cult following in the time I owned one owners would even wave to each other if they saw another Fulvia on the road ! And then there was the time i owned a Citroen 2CV amazing little cars! So it all depends what you want from your new car? luxury performance or nostalgia? in my 62 years i have owned so many cars when I was young often buying old clunkers just to see what a particular make was like! the advantages of youth and living at home! lol so your car should have a special connection to you! and what you intend to do with it drive it every day? take it to shows? or just polish it on sundays ? lol I can see I need to stop now lol

regards David

Greg Smith - September 14, 2021

Hi Taff
I would suggest a 1970 cortina 1600E in Amber Gold or Saluki Bronze, perfect for those Sunday afternoon trips around the Brecon Beacons. Greg

P.H. Cheah - September 14, 2021

I never owned a Capri although my brother in Singapore had a 1300 way back in 1969. However, I drove several in the UK, all Ford press cars, a Capri 1600GL, Capri 2000GT, Capri 3000 GT and the absolutely fabulous Capri 280 Injection. All brings back pleasant memories of visits to the UK – I was a free lance motoring writer – where Capris and other Fords were frequently on loan. That last Capri 280 Injection was simply brilliant as it embodied all that was great with the Capri line. I now drive a Ford Mondeo Titanium and live in Sydney, Australia. I would suggest the car you should buy is a Capri 280 Injection or something similar.

Alan Payne - September 14, 2021

Dear Taff, great article.
I was a Ford employee for 43 years from apprentice (1964) to engineer, various jobs but a lot of years working on New Model Programmes.
I remember in the mid to late sixties at the Dagenham plant, line workers using very long narrow brushes to paint coach lines along the body panels, I think there was a metal jig to assist with maintaining a straight line. Following on from that was self-adhesive vinyl tape with the operator sticking one end on and then judging by eye a straight line to the other end of the car before pressing it in place and trimming ends, a bit different to today’s technology.
We were all very excited when the sporty looking Capri came along, so different to the regular saloon cars. Prior to launch in 1975 we had the prototype of the 3.0L John Player Special in black or white. A major problem was the black paint because it stayed soft, retaining fingerprints and creating sags when pushed, many hours were spent testing paints until the right formula was found.
If you’re going for a Classic Ford it has to be either the Mk1 Lotus Cortina or, my favourite, the Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback.

Douglas Judd - September 14, 2021

Hello Taff
Really enjoyed the Ford Capri article, my first two cars were Hillman (not Chrysler) Avengers, a 1500 Super in Tahitian blue and a 1600 GL in Sunflower yellow. My father worked for a company that had a Ford garage in its group of companies so it was inevitable that I ended up with a Ford. The first was a mk2 Capri 1600 L in blue registration HER 92?N less than 6,000 miles, which when I picked it up from the garage it wouldn’t go any faster than 60 mph. So it went back to the garage to be tuned where I found out that due to the light back end feeling the lady who previously owned it never took it out in the rain. My second mk2 Capri was a 2 litre Ghia white, wait for it, with a tobacco vinyl roof PER ???N. At the time I worked for the Highways Department and come winter time I used to borrow two kerb stones which were placed in the back of the Capri’s to keep the back end on the road in the snow and ice. They were the good old days of motoring. To continue the story, A mk4 Cortina 2 lire Ghia in blue followed then, a brand new mk3 Escort 1600 Ghia in blue. Then came my four wheel drive stage in life, Ford Sierra Sapphire 2 litre Ghia 4×4 (maybe the best car I’ve ever owned) and as a second car a Ford Sierra 3 litre 4×4 estate in grey, which my wife liked driving. Then a Ford Mondeo 2 litre 4×4 Ghia, this was a booted version in holly green. Then as I approached being grown up (?) a Jaguar X Type 3 litre 4×4 Estate in British Racing Green, I was in good company as the Queen also owned one then. As a second car at the time a Jaguar XKR in blue, my first automatic gearbox car, with apparently the 155 mph limiter removed, which I never tested that! Then a Jaguar XE 2 litre auto diesel, had to change at some point, but only rear wheel drive, and now a Jaguar XF auto all wheel drive estate in blue. You could say that I like the colour blue. Thank you for the articles and look forward to more. Kind regards, Douglas.

Mike Graham - September 14, 2021

Memories there, blagging (or “acquiring”) brochures from local dealers as a car-mad teenager, and filling carriers with them at the Motor Show. I had a Capri mk2 2.0GL in Sahara Beige, very much like your second issue (though the vinyl roof was a slightly lighter shade of brown – tobacco was the official Ford name for it, I think) When it got tatty I took it off to find the roof underneath was not only unpainted but they hadn’t even cleaned up the weld on the C pillar. It took a lot of filler and all the cans of “Dupli-color” in town to tidy it up. Currently converting a Vanguards Mk3 into a mk2 to represent it. If they announce a mk2 for next year I shall scream…

Richard - September 14, 2021

Good Moring, I was born in the 60’s, my nomination would be a MK1 Escort, but if you are over ruled an XJ12, like Taff I collected the brochures for the salesmen, I was also drawn to the commercial Vehicles too as my Dad worked for a company called Zwickey on the trading estate in Slough and they produced refuelling tankers runway sweepers etc for airfields. Many a Saturday morning spent in the cab of a Bedford TK in a world of my own. Some of the truck salesmen soon realised the best way to get my Dad’s attention was to send the brochures to me and I would then show Dad what I thought…My first car was a Singer Gazelle 1964 model and was fantastic…two tone green and walnut dash..

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