Capri time­line

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1978

The Capri III (an un­of­fi­cial ti­tle) ar­rives in Ford show­rooms in April. The car had been restyled for bet­ter aero­dy­nam­ics, with the droop­snooted ‘Mod­u­lar Aero­dy­namic’ con­cept pro­vid­ing many of the vis­ual cues.

1981

Af­ter 22 years, Ford scraps both the Es­sex three-litre and car­bu­re­tion for a new fuel-in­jected Cologne V6. Cars are now badged as 2.8i and fea­ture bet­ter sus­pen­sion and brakes.

1984

Septem­ber sees the in­tro­duc­tion of the Capri In­jec­tion Spe­cial, su­per­sed­ing the 2.8i. Aside from the seven-spoke RS al­loys, ex­tra leather in­side and body­coloured grille, this vari­ant gains a Sal­is­bury lim­it­ed­slip dif­fer­en­tial.

1984

The Tick­ford Capri ar­rives – a be­spoil­ered, tur­bocharged mon­ster which is the brain­child of Vic­tor Gauntlett and Bob Lutz, chair­men of As­ton Martin and Ford Europe re­spec­tively.

1987

The last Capri rolls off the pro­duc­tion line at Ford’s Cologne plant. The Probe fi­nally re­places it – more than six years later.

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