Ford ‘relaunches classic Capri’: iconic 1970s ‘working Porsche’ still loved by celebrities for an eco makeover with its return after 40 years costs £40,000 and performs 0-60 in 6.4 seconds
- The new 300-horsepower version will still have the classic four headlights
- It will also have a digital touch screen, wireless charging point, and massage seats
The classic Ford Capri is set to be relaunched with an eco-friendly makeover for the first time in 40 years.
The iconic car of the 1970s – often referred to as the ‘working man’s Porsche’ because of its affordability – is expected to cost around £40,000.
It will be remarketed as a crossover electric sports car capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in about 6.4 seconds, according to automotive expert at sun.
The new 300-horsepower version will boast rear-wheel drive and the classic four-stroke headlights like the original.
Unlike the gas-guzzling Capri of the 1970s, it will be equipped with a digital touch screen, a wireless phone charging point and massage seats.
A Ford spokesperson revealed that while they don’t want to speculate about future cars, Ford is “on a mission to make electric vehicles iconic.”
Ford sold approximately 1.9 million units of the Capri in total during its 17 years of production
The new model is expected to be an electric crossover and have a digital touch screen, a wireless phone charging point and massage seats
How does the old Ford Capri stack up against the new?
Ford Capri 1300 (1969-1973)
Horse power: 57
0-60 mph: 11+ seconds
rear wheel drive
The new electric crossover sport utility vehicle Ford Capri
Power: 300 HP
0-62 mph: 6.4 seconds
rear wheel drive
First unveiled to the public in January 1969 at the Brussels Motor Show, the Ford Capri was marketed as an inexpensive, fast and fun coupe.
Production of the car had already started two months earlier at the Halewood factory in Liverpool to ensure every British dealer would have at least one Capri in their forecourt by the time sales started.
Capri prices started at £890 in 1969, which is about £14,000 today.
Overall, it was a very successful model for Ford selling a staggering 400,000 units in its first two years.
It also remained in production into the 1980s, and in its 17 years, Ford has sold nearly 1.9 million units in total.
Designed by a team led by American automotive designer Philip T. Clark, the Ford Capri was originally intended to be named Ford ‘Colt’ – a reference to the famous Ford Mustang.
Ford hoped the Capri would mirror the American success of the Mustang, and it largely did.
The Capri has gained popularity across Europe as one of the most popular and affordable sports cars around.
Jamie Oliver Mk1 Ford Capri
Jamie Oliver’s Mk1 Capri has appeared on TV shows with him and Jamie Doherty
Capri has also appeared on Minder
It goes in more than one direction — and fast: Harry Styles is among the famous Capri fans
Capri madness: The 1978 Capri 3.0 S that appeared in cult TV show The Professionals was sold at auction for a world record fee of £55,000 on Wednesday.
Lewis Collins (pictured) drove the car in the second series of The Professionals. The former owner said the money raised by the auction will be donated to cancer research in memory of the actor, who lost his battle with the disease in 2013.
The 1977 Ford Capri featured in the Minder series was also up for auction
The life and times of the classic Ford Capri
Ford’s famous advertising slogan for the Capri – “The car you always promised yourself” – perfectly expressed its appeal to those who couldn’t afford the likes of a Porsche or an Alfa Romeo.
In 1970 nearly 250,000 Caprices were sold, meaning that one out of every four Fords sold in Europe was a Capri, and it soon made its way onto the silver screen.
Capri appeared in the 1970s TV series The Professional, which recently sold at auction for £48,000.
In the 1975 Brannigan John Wayne famously jumped the Ford Capri across Tower Bridge in a spectacular car chase.
The car’s allure then slowly began to evaporate over time, appearing as a favorite wheelset of Derek Trotter in Only Fools and Horses in the 1980s.
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