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Fancy A Ford Capri 280 Anyone?

Europe is packed with classic cars that we don’t get in the States. One such ride is this classic Ford Capri 280, and the car is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Motoringresearch says that for all intents and purposes, the Ford Capri 280 was the Ford Mustang for Europe. The vehicle was the Cortina in fancier clothing, and the car was popular.

The car used a 2.8-liter, fuel-injected V6 engine paired up with an early 4-speed manual and later a 5-speed manual. The engine made a claimed 160 horsepower. Like the Mustang, there were multiple models of the Capri to choose from that vary depending on the year.

Anyone in the UK looking to pick up a Ford Capri 280 as a daily driver, Motoringresearch warns against it due to the risk of corrosion in the winter months. The car in the image here was very nearly brand new with only 936 miles on it. This car sold for a reported £54,000, which is about $67,500 stateside.

The Hagerty valuation tool says that a Capri 280 can sell for a wide range of prices form £12,000 to £28,500. A Concours quality example can for £50,000. The version we mentioned before went for even more than that. The car is a bit strange looking to our eyes, especially inside with its right-hand drive.

We’ve often wondered just how strange it would be to drive a right-hand-drive manual transmission car. Fans of the Ford Capri 280 might want to check out this 1978 racing version. Americans could buy a Mercury Capri in back in the day that was a Ford Mustang with some different body panels. The coolest Mercury Capri we have seen was a very limited edition 1986 ASC McLaren Capri.

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Source: Motoringresearch

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Randy Yauck

    Those were sold in NA for a few years of course with LHD, as I remember them well as they were an improvement in styling to me over the earlier version that came out in 1969. You could also get them with the OHC 2.0L L4 on that earlier version and the later version had the 2.3L as the base engine. Some people swapped the 289/302 V8 in for more fun!

  2. Randy Yauck

    The 1989 280 is actually the last model of a Mark III version not sold here that had similar styling to the 1974-78 Mark II sold in NA. NA got a Fox chassis version shared with the Mustang in 1979.

  3. Razin Hell Snake

    I remember when the Capri came to the states in the early 70’s. as a Lincoln-Mercury. They always struck me as a Mini Mustang minus the v-8 engine. When i was living in Indiana in the mid to late 70’s, A guy i went to high school with had one with a 289 hipo and that thing went like a RAPED APE. Man that was one of the coolest cars i ever rode in. Man what a BLAST!!


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