And that’s a fact. I am pretty sure even Ford were aware of that and therefore intentionally produced an advert which stated the opposite.
The advert mentioned is the one below and you need minimal automobile knowledge to recognise that the bold statement was pure fudge. Refresh your memory of the Capri II-look below, please:
I guess reactions at the time must have been fury, outrage and pure desperation as this was in 1976 and therefore we’ll before the advent of fake news. At that time it was generally accepted that there was a difference between right and wrong, but Ford seemed indifferent to that and went ahead with the advert anyway.
Now 1976 was of course two years after the Capri Mk2 was launched, so a lot of people must have called their bluff: The updated car was intended to be more practical and not as outright sporty as the original, and although the overall lines were clearly still Capri, the bonnet was in fact shorter. Gone were also a lot of the lovely design features of the original “hockey stick” Capri – as was the ambitious and quite successful racing programme in the European Touring Car Championship – arguably the zenith of Capri history.
So how the Capri II was supposed to be more exciting than the original is beyond me. Fact is – it wasn’t. Unless you find a rear hatch exciting – in which case you’d probably prefer a Volkswagen Golf anyway. Which on a positive note, didn’t suffer from a bland front AND rear either.
If you’re still not convinced about the non-excitingness of the Capri II, you just need to look forward to the Mk3 of 1978: Still using much the same platform but this time with bodywork updated as though somebody actually meant it, the Capri regaiI’ve asked for info on roster patterns, pay and pension. Will report back if I get a reply…ned some of its old form. Definately still not as elegant as the original, but on the other hand decidedly more modern, macho and agressive, even – could it be the first example of “angry”-headlamps in automotive design?
The pulled down leading edge of the bonnet concealing the tops of the quad headlamps, a low stance and plenty of matte black details certainly contributed to give the Capri its mojo back. This would of course only be clear with the benefit of hindsight, but as that is a favoured discipline here at ViaRETRO it somehow only proves our point, doesn’t it?
The last piece of evicence we’ll produce today is that of market value: Generally the Capri II is the cheapest of the three. And that, dear friends, is because the market, the buyers, enthusiasts, you, have spoken with your wallets and declared the MkII the LEAST exciting Capri. But at least that 1976-advert got the bit about the price right, then.