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1972


Ford announces a mid-life facelift for the MkI Capri. All cars get big headlamps, bonnet bulges, new-style wheels, and new-style facia (to be carried forward to the MkII Capri hatchback in 1974). An engine reshuffle sees the old-style 160OCT Kent dropped In favour of the OHC Pinto engine for the first time. Capri 3000Es give way to a new four-headlamp 3000GXL. Although not rebadged, these are really MkI.5 models. Ford produces nearly 199,000 Capris in 1972. 




1973


Introduction of the limited edition Capri RS3100 - like the 3000GT, but with a 148 bhp, 3.1 -litre engine and large rear ducktail spoiler. This is a homologation special to be raced with four-cam 3.4-litre Cosworth GA-type V6 engine. 500 supposed to built at Halewood, in reality only around 200 will ever be produced. In 1974, works Capri RS3100s, with 3.4-litre / 455 bhp engines, win four major long-distance European touring car races. Ford produces 233,000 Capris in 1973, but the long-term sales decline starts here.




1974


The new MkII Capri arrives, with a completely new look and engine line-up. Using same basic platform and suspensions, the MkII Capri has a rounder, smoother and more spacious cabin, complete with hatchback. Ford begins using the Ghia badge for top-of -the-range equipment levels on many of its models. First imports of Ghia-badged Capris are 2000 and 3000 models. Capris are now much softer cars than the original 1969/1970 types.

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