Keith Robertson’s Ford Capri 1600L is one of the finest surviving early Mk1s. The Capri may have used familiar engines and other components, but 50 years ago it resembled neither any other European Ford nor any mass-produced sports car.
Robertson says: “When I am out and about, the immediate reaction is usually ‘What engine size is it?’ as everybody hopes it is a 3.0-litre.”
In reality, the majority of Mk1s would have been powered by the four-cylinder Kent unit displacing 1.3 or 1.6 litres rather than the 3.0 litre Essex engine.
On February 5 in 1969 “The Car You Always Promised Yourself”, as it was famously advertised, finally became available to drivers in the UK – but it was not the first British Ford to carry the Capri badge.
In late 1961, motorists of Thunderbirds tastes but East Cheam incomes were tempted by the Consul Capri, a two-door coupé version of the Classic saloon and boasting styling best described as “late-period Teddy Boy”.