AUTOROTICA: Ford Consul Capri (1961-64)

The Ford Motor Company has used the Capri name on a variety of automobiles built between 1961 and 1994. Today, we are focusing on one of our favorites— and the very first Ford car to carry the “Capri” name: the Ford Consul Capri. It was produced by Ford of Britain between 1961 and 1964.

With a low, sleek and sport design the coupe has stood the test of time. The Consul Capri is one of the rarest cars from Ford of Great Britain, with fewer than 20,000 ever produced.

The coupe was the sporty version of the Consul Classic saloon. The Capri is said to have “American styling” but was never exported to the United States.

A Capri was tested by a British car magazine in 1962 and had a top speed of 79.0 mph (127.1 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 22.6 seconds. A fuel consumption of 36.7 miles per imperial gallon (7.70 L/100 km; 30.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £915 ($1,480). A recent Consul Capri sold for around $16,000. 

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