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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



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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Terry Farley - September 14, 2021

I bought a 1967 aubergine Ford Capri 1300cc GT in 1976 . I used it as my wedding car.
Great motor for its size wish I still had it.
How about a 1967 Sunbeam Stelleto my dad bought a new white one then. I now own a 1965 Singer Gazelle series V which is one I passed my test in.

Jules Dennis - September 14, 2021

The Mk2 is my favourite design Capri, but I don’t like it with a Vinyl roof. My first Mk2 was a very rusty 1.6, the tailgate had been leaking & rusted through the tank straps. One side of the fuel tank dropped to the ground sending out a shower of sparks. Very embarrassing!
Please Taff, could we see more British sports cars in your lineup? Gilburn, Morgan, TVR etc. Best Regards, Jules.

Colin Watts - September 14, 2021

Interesting read and I remember when the Capri was first released – now I struggle to recall the last time I saw one!

Started out with a ’67 Buick thence a Gullwing Impala before a ’59 Fleetwood. But to be really honest, I had most fun from a 250cc single-cylinder ’59 Bond Minicar (please do model one of these) although my Trabant was economical fun (as was the Taveller with tuned-up Mini-Cooper engine).

I no longer drive but still dream of another ’71 Ford LTD saloon – a straightforwardly comfortable car produced for the masses rather than the select few.

So, if your are looking for inspiration follow your dream while you have the opportunity. That dream doesn’t have to be an unassailable top-of-the line prestige car; just what you have had an ongoing hankering for.

Good luck!

Mike Harvey - September 14, 2021

My second car was a 1966 Ford Anglia 105E deluxe withe 997cc engine. GKM194D. Light Blue. It served me well until replaced by a 1965 Mk1 Cortina 4 door in Goodwood Green. The 105E Anglia was a competent car prone to rust in the sills and wings and would be a good restoration project for someone with welding skills, or willing to learn, like a Hornby CEO. I had one particularly memorable experience with the Anglia which highlights how much things have changed since the 1960s. I was due to start work at 7am as a terminal assistant at the hoverport in Dover. I lived 4 miles from work and habitually arrived half an hour early for my 12 hour shift. In August 1969 I set out for work at about 6.15am. After a mile or so the outside of the car was suddenly covered in condensation as I drove down into the valley. I pulled up, sleeve of my waterproof at the ready to wipe off the condensation from the side windows and that raked back rear window. I was a bit safety conscious and had already passed my IAM test as a 19 year old. Unfortunately I had slam-locked the door when I got out, so the car was sitting there with the engine running, the screen wipers working, and me on the outside. I hitched a lift to the next garage in the hope of finding a key to borrow, but they did not have my key. In those days the key carried a stamped number and buying a replacement was routine. The garage had a lot of second hand cars for sale. The girl on the early shift on the pumps let me borrow an Austin A35 which I drove to the Ford dealers and, although the parts department was closed, I acquired the right key on loan. My money was in my car. I returned the A35 to the first garage and caught a bus back to my car. Fortunately I knew the conductor and there were no inspectors on duty so early, so no fare paid. I got to work almost on time, and returned the borrowed key during my lunch break. There were also drinks for the people who helped. So to relive the true 1960s, get a 105E Anglia.

Shaun - September 14, 2021

Lyndon, I too am a child of the ’60’s and at one stage my family had a Capri, unfortunately it was long gone before I would have been old enough to drive it. I’ve always liked Jags, I’ve lost count of the number I have driven; so as one 50 something to another I would suggest either an X308 XJR or a late model X351 in a dark colour.
Though I think my favourite car was a blue Rover 827 fast back; which positively flew and if you’d like to make a model of said I would very much appreciate it.

ROBERT FREDRICK TESTER - September 14, 2021

Buy a ford capri best looking car in the world.

Dorian Dodds - September 14, 2021

What a wonderful article from you, it certainly brightened my dull morning. So what would you like, an old car, one to restore if you are into that sort of thing, or something sporty? There are so many to choose from, What about an old series 1 or 2 Land Rover.
I hope you have fun looking, it would be nice to know what you may be considering.

Peter Court - September 14, 2021

Excellent article.
My first car was a Morris Mini Van 1000cc, OLF 907 E. £459 delivered new to my door. I travelled some 66K miles in 3 years in my job as a non destructive testing engineer, x raying welds on pipelines and storage vessels. I took the heavy lead ‘bomb’ with me. Exposing films and developing them in a mobile unit on site in some muddy field.
Various others followed, amongst them, Morris 1100, Hillman Hunter Estate in metallic green an all aluminium speed machine, Audi 80,Rover 216 VDP, Rover 416 SLI without doubt the most colourful in Kingfisher Blue. My last Rover was a 75 2l V6, VDP, Classic SE, 108K miles finished in metallic midnight blue. Now unfortunately a foreigner in the shape of Mazda 2 sport in Spirited Green and a Mazda 3.
What should you buy? Rover 75 with off white interior, a much admired car wherever I travelled.

Tim Smith - September 14, 2021

Can I ask one question please Taff?
a 1275 GT Mini at 17 years old….! How much insurance did you pay?? I remember insuring mine at 20 yrs old – the car cost me £700 and the insurance was £1700…… with 4yrs no claims. Ahh the “fun” of being young…

John Wilson - September 14, 2021

Dear taff, im 62 now & thoughts of 1960’s & 70’s brings me to the Jesen Interceptor always fascinated by it’s shape.
Another quite bizzarly was the Renault 4 or Citroen 2 CV.
Also Mercedes saloons like the stacked headlights 200 series.
As you can see it’s quite varied.

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