18k-Mile Prototype? 1986 Mercury ASC McLaren Capri

From 1984 to 1986, Mercury worked with American Sunroof Corporation (ASC) to create the only convertible variant of the Capri muscle car – the ASC McLaren Capri. While not all of these limited-production variants were convertibles, this 1986 Mercury ASC McLaren Capri that’s available here on eBay is a drop top model, and it’s also supposedly a developmental prototype for this special edition Foxbody.

This Capri is available in Torrance, California with a clean title. Despite being a 1986 model year Capri, the advertisement states that this example is “one of the original development prototypes from 1983,” a discrepancy that certainly leaves me scratching my head. The ASC McLaren Capri was only manufactured from 1984 to 1986, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense why this alleged prototype from 1983 was sold during the model’s final year instead of its first. Regardless of whether or not its a “truly unique one-off prototype,” only 919 Capris received the ASC conversion and 552 of them were convertibles, so this is still a rare vehicle.

The white exterior paint still shines brightly, and the navy blue soft top complements the color nicely. Each of these Capris came with cast-aluminum wheels, which provide a fantastic and period-correct look.

Inside the cabin, the navy blue theme continues. These ASC Capris and Mustangs were available with Recaro seats, and while these seats are usually known for their ability to keep a driver planted, these are one of the company’s more comfort-oriented seat designs – they are not only heated, but they also have speakers in the headrests.

Under the hood, there’s a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 18,440 miles, which pairs to an automatic transmission to drive the rear wheels.

At the time of publication, bidding is at $12,375 with the reserve not met, but the Buy it Now price is $16,500. Would you join the bidding on this unique Capri?

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Comments

  1. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    I knew someone that had one of these. It still looked great as of 15 years ago. I thought it to be sharp and well done.

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  2. Bob_in_TN Member

    If you like Fox Bodies but would prefer something a little different and unique, this fits the bill. Looks to be in good shape. Not horribly expensive. Easy to live with. Good performance. One does see these ASC’s occasionally but they would be sure-fire conversation starters at shows.

    Dealer has a nice storage set-up.

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  3. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $16,500.
    Someone hit the Buy It Now button.

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  4. David Skinner

    I’d really like a Fox body Capri convertible, since I like a drop-top and prefer the Capri lines.

    However, on this car the ASC roof and fill panel create a hunchback appearance, and I say “No” to the automatic.

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