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Ford Capri mk2 (1974-1977)

Ford Capri II XL, 1974The second generation Ford Capri was introduced in 1974. However, the body styling was very similar to the first generation Ford Capri. The new model had long bonnet, rectangular headlights, low roof and short rear section. The turn signals were integrated to the headlights. Recognizable features were the small bump in the hood and the black mesh grille and bumper. A new feature in the Ford Capri was the hatchback rear door and the foldable rear seat improved the use of the cargo space even further.

Mechanically the new model was similar to the first generation. Ford Capri mk2 had a larger body and a more modern dashboard. The Sporty contoured seats granted extra lateral support. Small improvement were made to the chassis as well. The spacers on the rear axle as well as the springs and dampers were updated to improve driving dynamics and increase the car’s fun factor. In Germany the Ford Capri was available with 1.3, 1.6 and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines. The six-cylinder engine choices were the 2.3-litre (108 hp) and 3.0-litre (138 hp).

In 1976 changes were made to the Ford Capri’s model range. A 2.0-liter V6 engine with 90 hp replaced the 1600 version with 88 hp and proved a hit. Its combination of refinement, dynamism and high reliability not only suited well with the character of Capri, but also with the expectations of the buyer. The new Sport version was the Ford Capri 3.0 S, which had a 3-litre six-cylinder engine. The Ford Capri S could accelerate from zero to hundred in 8.9 seconds and reach top speed of 198 km/h. The sporty and streamlined chassis of the Ford Capri S had specially tuned gas-filled shock absorbers and other refinements, which were based on years of racing experience from Ford.

More than 1.5 million Ford Capris of the I and II generation were built between 1969 and 1977.