The first “Mercury Capri” was actually just the Ford Capri with some light alterations - the #Mercury label was never actually featured on cars, which were imported from 1970-1977 (with a few leftovers sold in 1978). Sales began to slow after 1974 as exchange rates pushed up the price of the German-built Capri and the Mustang II - similar on paper but not in driving feel - ate away at Capri sales.
When work began on a replacement for the Mustang II in 1974, Mercury came along for the ride. A new platform would replace the Maverick and Mustang II, and there would be Mercury versions of both - supplanting the Comet and Capri.
Prototypes for the 1979 Mustang - at first just a sporty Fairmont and developed with some constraints (Henry Ford II nor Ford Design chief Gene Bordinat were not fans of the sleek, wedge shapes or swept-back front ends) - ran the gamut from an ultra-sleek fastback to very upright cars that informed the later (U.S.) Ford Granada Mk2 and others. The prototype that won the day was done under Jack Telnack (from a sketch by Fritz Mayhew), who returned to Detroit from a stint at Ford of Europe in the spring of 1976. Both a notchback and a hatchback/fastback were developed to customer clinic feedback.
Mercury’s version followed, solely a hatch with a more upright front end and lightly flared, boxed fenders reminiscent of contemporary Silhouette racers, but using the basic Mustang pieces. The new North-America-only Capri did well in 1979 (110K sold) but sales slackened considerably after that (36K in 1982) despite a plethora of special editions. In Mexico, the Mustang used the Capri’s styling from 1981-84.
In hopes of revival the Capri got a big refresh for 1983 - mostly confined to the rear of the car, which got a new “bubble back” hatch (similar to a Renault Fuego) and a sloped rear end, a look echoed on the smaller Mercury LN7. The style update didn’t help, although the car was quite nice. GS models were the lower-end, with NA 2.3L fours or Cologne V6s, while the RS could be had with a Turbo four (for awhile) and the only the 5.0 V8.
Sales never again exceeded 21K units a year, and the Mustang-based Capri was axed after 1986.
LOST IN TRANSLATION:
THE FORD FOCUS
Introducing Lost in Translation, a series that pays respect to concept cars that became a reality in a slightly different package,
Some have been forgotten, some have not.
And here is the first post, believe it or not, The Focus started off as a 2 seater roadster concept released in 1992, and showcased recyclable plastic parts #thecarcultuk @ford #ford#fordfocus#fordfocusconcept#90s @carthrottle @dougdemuro @matwatsoncars @autoalex #concept#forgottencars#carsofinstagram#lostintranslation
După mulți kilometri și multe zâmbete din călătorii, după multe orașe văzute și după ani buni în care ea i-a purtat cu veselie oriunde și-au dorit, ei au uitat-o, au abandonat-o în curte și nu le-a mai păsat de ea. Cel puțin așa s-ar putea crede, la prima vedere.
Însă de fapt, când ea a îmbătrânit și piesele au început să nu o mai asculte chiar ca înainte, din prea multă dragoste, oamenii și-au dorit să o păstreze, să o aibă aproape și să o vadă zilnic, de fiecare dată când ies sau intră pe poartă.
Ea nu va mai vedea străzile niciodată, însă, ca și altădată, va mai aduce multe zâmbete și amintiri trecătorilor, fie și din postura actuală de autoghiveci. 👣📷⏳🍃😌 #lapasprinbucuresti#oltcit#citroen#axel#toomuchlove#retrolove#vintageauto#oldschoolcars#abandonedcars#forgottencars#autumn