Classic Cars

Ford Capri mk3 (1978-1986)

August 5, 2015

Ford Capri III 1.6 L, 1978_frontThe third and final generation of the Ford Capri was launched in March 1978.

Ford Capri mk3 presented new front section with dual halogen headlights. The new front end design, together with an integrated front spoiler, improved car’s aerodynamic performance. Ford Capri provided better performance and fuel economy compared to the predecessor.

At launch the existing engine and transmission combinations of the Ford Capri mk2 were carried over. The base model featured a 1.3-litre engine. Other engine variants were 1.6-litre 4-cylinder and 2.0, 2.3 and 3.0 -litre V6 models. Engines output range was between 68 and 138 hp.

In 1981, a new sporty version debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. This new model was called the 2.8 Injection. It was the first regular model since the RS2600 to use fuel injection. The 2.8-litre V6 engine delivered 160 hp. Ford Capri 2.8 Injection accelerated from zero to 100 km/h in about eight seconds and could reach top speed of 210 km/h.

The Ford Capri 2.8 Injection breathed new life into the range and kept the car in production couple of years longer than Ford had planned. In the 18th December 1986, the last Ford Capri rolled off the Halewood assembly line in Britain after a total of 1,900,678 Capris had been manufactured.