The Mustang may have given Ford more of a sporting image when it was first released, but as time went on, it grew into more of a Clydesdale than a Pony. Luckily, Ford of Europe devised a diet plan. They built a new small rear wheel drive car that could be had with an inline-four or eventually a V6. It was badged as a Mercury Capri here in the States, but it may have been a better successor to the original pony car than the one that wore the name. This particular example is ready to go and it looks like a fun driver to us! Find the auction here on eBay where bidding is currently right under $800.
The Capri was meant to create the same stir in Europe that the Mustang had on our shores. It was even going to be named Colt in honor of its big brother. Sales were good, but it never gained the same notoriety. People love them now, so finding a good one can be a challenge.
We are not sure why the seller included the phrase “barn find” in the title. There is no explanation in the description, but they do mention the work they have done to presumably get it back on the road. The car does look very original with the exception of the reupholstered seats.
This is a V6/manual equipped car so it should be fun to drive. That V6 was good for about 138 horsepower, which seems anemic when compared to some of its V8 endowed brothers. With a curb weight of around 2,000 pounds, we wouldn’t complain though. Obviously Europeans valued handling over outright power. After the thrill of the first few stoplight drags wears off, I bet many of us would side with them.
This could make one heck of a driver, but the seller is very optimistic about its value. Perhaps the reserve is set at a reasonable amount, but the $11,000 BIN makes that doubtful. It will be interesting to see what little brother is actually worth…