• Manufacturer Ford
  • Production 1974-1977
  • Assembly Dagenham, Halewood, United Kingdom
    Genk, Belgium
    Saarlouis, Cologne, Germany
  • Body style(s) fastback coupé
  • Class Mid-size sports car
  • Engine(s) petrol:
    I-4 1.6L, 2.0L,
    V6 3.0L
  • Transmission(s) Manual transmission
  • Layout FR layout

The history of the Ford Capri II


In February 1974, the Capri Mk2 was introduced. After 1.2 million cars sold, and with the 1973 oil crisis, Ford chose to make the new car more suited to everyday driving with a shorter bonnet, larger cabin and the adoption of a hatchback rear door. By the standards of the day, the Mk2 was a very well evolved vehicle with very few reliability issues.
For Germany the Capri now offered 1.3 (55 PS (40 kW)) and 1.6 litre (72 PS (53 kW)) or (88 PS (65 kW)) in-line four cylinder engines, complemented by 2.3 (108 PS (79 kW)) and the UK sourced 3.0 litre V6s.
Although it was mechanically similar to the Mk1, the Capri 2 had a revised larger body and a more modern dashboard including a smaller steering wheel. The 2.0 L version of the Pinto engine was introduced in the European model and was placed below the 3.0L V6. The Capri still maintained the large square headlights, which became the easiest way to distinguish between a Mk2 and a Mk3. Larger disc brakes and a standard alternator finished the list of modifications.
In order to keep the sporty appeal of the car, Ford introduced the John Player Special limited edition, (known as the JPS) in March 1975, but in May 1976, and with sales decreasing, the intermediate 3.0 GT models disappeared to give way for the upscale 3.0 S and Ghia designations. In October 1976, production was limited to the Saarlouis factory only and the following year the Capri left the American market with only 513,500 models sold.
As with the original (1969-1974) Capri series 2000 (2 litre) and 3000 (3 litre) versions topped the new Capri II range. The 2000 models now used an in-line four cylinder "Pinto" engine in place of the original V4 unit. A number of trim levels were available on both the 2 litre and 3 litre models including "S" and Ghia versions.
The Capri 2000 and 3000 used same new bodyshell as the rest of the revised range. This new shell incorporated the hatchback boot, square headlights and larger tail-lamp clusters which modernised the original lines. The Capri was now a firmly established best seller and sales remained strong enough to update the Capri again in 1978 with the arrival of the Capri III.

Type 1960s 1970s 1980s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5
Supermini     Fiesta I Fiesta II
Small family car Anglia 105E / Super Anglia 123E Escort I Escort II Escort III
Large family car Consul II Cortina I Cortina II Cortina III / Taunus TC Cortina IV / Taunus III Cortina V / Taunus III Sierra
Taunus G13 Taunus P4 Taunus P6
  Classic Corsair    
Executive car Taunus P3 Taunus P5 Taunus P7 Taunus P7.2   Granada I Granada II
Zephyr II Zephyr 4/6 III Zephyr 4/6 IV  
Zodiac II Zodiac III Zodiac IV  
Coupé   Consul Capri   Capri Mk1 Capri Mk2 Capri Mk3
Type 1980s 1990s 2000s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
City car     Ka I Ka II
Supermini Fiesta I Fiesta II Fiesta III Fiesta IV Fiesta V Fiesta VI Fiesta VII
Small family car Escort Mk3 / Orion I Escort Mk4 / Orion II Escort Mk5 / Orion III Escort Mk5b Escort Mk6 Focus I Focus II
Large family car Cortina V Sierra Mondeo I Mondeo II Mondeo III Mondeo IV
Executive car Granada II Scorpio I / Granada III Scorpio II    
Coupé Capri     Puma  
  Probe   Cougar  
Crossover SUV       Kuga
Mini MPV       Fusion
Compact MPV       C-Max
Large MPV       S-Max
    Galaxy I Galaxy II Galaxy III

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