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Auto Shipper for Mercury Capri In Europe, the Ford Capri was developed as a 'baby Mustang' as it was a 2-door car with a short trunk lid that later became a hatchback. It also had a particularly long hood. In North American the Capris were built in Cologne, Germany, and were sold through the Lincoln-Mercury dealers in North America. The European Capri was initially sold in the United States in April of 1970. It did not carry any marquee identification, and was known only as the Capri. It was often though called the Mercury Capri, given that Ford already had a Mustang for the same buyer market. The price started at less than $2300 making this quite the bargain car. Later, a 2.0 L OHC I4 engine was introduced for the 1971 model year. This resulted in the 1971 2.0 liter Capris being particularly desirable today, since they have a 9.0:1 compression ratio. The 2.6 L "Cologne" V6 was introduced later in the 1972 model year.

Keep in mind, the name Mercury Capri has been used for several different cars over the years as previously stated. All were though sold by the Ford Motor Company's Lincoln-Mercury division in North America. The origin of the name dates back to the Lincoln Capri of the 1950s although the later models do not do it justice. Where the name actually comes from is up for debate. The definition of the name matches an island in Italy, yet the name Capri may actually be a shortening of the word "capricious" which ties in with the Lincoln Zephyr model. Anyhow, the Capri was restyled as a hatchback in 1975, but sold in North America as an early 1976 model. In the North American market, they were known as the Capri IIs, however in most of the rest of the world, they were known as the Capri Mk II. Engine options were the 2.8 liter V6, and the 2.3 liter Lima 4-cylinder. Oddly enough, they are now becoming sought after for restoration because of their designing, performance & comparative affordability.


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