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That's an Aussie spec Capri from back in the day. Has the Eurospec headlights and other equipment instead of the round eyes of the American and Canadian spec Capri's.

V-8? Hot Rodded Aussie style is my guess.:badgrin:
Not a bad idea, looks like a neat conversion. I've seen others, but those old Capri's are light and way flexible.
 

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They were a dime a dozen here, at least in the Montreal area. Almost got one but ended up with a Datsun F-10. Anything V8 was a mod, but I do beleive they came with 6's, but I'm really not sure, the 70's were a long long time ago!
 

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1970 Ford Capri Perana V8

Officially sold by Ford South Africa to Homologate the car to race, the Perana was built by a man called Basil Green who did the conversion, which entailed fitting a custom steering rack, cutting the engine bay to accomodate a 302W which was ordered from the states with the Stage 2 muscle power pack, that was mated to a 4 speed toploader which fed power to a Borg Warned Limted slip diff, built in South Africa.

Suspension was upgraded both front and back, bigger brake calipers were used.

Power was 290 bhp and 0-100 km/h was achieved in 5.9 seconds and top speed was 230 km/h.

Handling was much better than the contempory mustangs also imported ito SA. Today these cars are very sought after, only 500 were made and the race car was incredible, ran a Gt40 motor won 10 out of 11 races in 1970....

This is what was imported to No. America, sold under the Mercury name.
A 1973 Mercury Capri, very fast with the V6, but kind of a bear to maintain (parts had to come from Germany).


I owned two of these, a '76 & a '78. (In the USA they never imported them after '77 and in Canada they sold '77 models as '78 with minor changes. It was fun to explain that here in Boise when I moved and was getting the registration taken care of)


This was the last one I had:






 

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I had a Capri II ('77 I believe) the color of that 456 car pictured. I liked it. Really peppy 2.8 V-6. Crank sunroof, but of course the crank broke.
 

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I had a Capri II ('77 I believe) the color of that 456 car pictured. I liked it. Really peppy 2.8 V-6. Crank sunroof, but of course the crank broke.
It's too bad Ford never did anything with them in NA. Could you imagine that car with the V6 that's in the MKX. If I recall correctly the V6 in it was rated at 130hp, the MKX V6 is rated at 263hp.
 

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I had both a 1972 Capri 2000 and a 1978 Capri II 2800. Loved both of them. The 2000 was a sweet little motor, surprised quite a few V8's from red lights back in my college days. Wish I could have kept both of them!
 

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The Perana was an Australian Capri modified with a small block Ford V8 to go racing by Basil Green who owned a dealiership in Johannesburg (kind of like the Yenko Camaros from the 1970s).


You can find out more about the Perana at http://www.capri-perana.co.za/specs.html
Or the Capri at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Capri

I've owned four Capris over the years. They are a lot of fun. Small, light, powerful and great handling for their day. There is still a loyal following - see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/capri-list/

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2001 Bullit
1973 Capri
1975 Triumph 750 Trident
 

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kfengler said:
1970 Ford Capri Perana V8

Officially sold by Ford South Africa to Homologate the car to race, the Perana was built by a man called Basil Green who did the conversion, which entailed fitting a custom steering rack, cutting the engine bay to accomodate a 302W which was ordered from the states with the Stage 2 muscle power pack, that was mated to a 4 speed toploader which fed power to a Borg Warned Limted slip diff, built in South Africa.

Suspension was upgraded both front and back, bigger brake calipers were used.

Power was 290 bhp and 0-100 km/h was achieved in 5.9 seconds and top speed was 230 km/h.

Handling was much better than the contempory mustangs also imported ito SA. Today these cars are very sought after, only 500 were made and the race car was incredible, ran a Gt40 motor won 10 out of 11 races in 1970....

This is what was imported to No. America, sold under the Mercury name.
A 1973 Mercury Capri, very fast with the V6, but kind of a bear to maintain (parts had to come from Germany).


I owned two of these, a '76 & a '78. (In the USA they never imported them after '77 and in Canada they sold '77 models as '78 with minor changes. It was fun to explain that here in Boise when I moved and was getting the registration taken care of)


This was the last one I had:





Note: The one above is an early model with Ford Escort MK 1 back lights

There were tons of them over here. My brother had a 1969 one
and they were sold here with weedy 1300, 1600 and 2000 cc engines.
We also got the 2.8 liter Essex V6 version.

The orange one has later back lights.
The yellow one has the Ford Escort Mk 1 back lights
 

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1968 Ford Capri

By now Ford had started production of the Capri at Halewood in Liverpool, England in November 1968 to try to ensure that every Ford dealer had at least one Capri on the forecourt on 5 February 1969. The Capri was sold as “the car you always promised yourself” and over the next eighteen years nearly two million people in Europe and America fulfilled that promise. Eleven years after the Capri was launched it was still in the top ten selling cars in Britain, something that is impossible today.

The likes of Jackie Stewart, Cliff Richard and of course Bodie and Doyle all drove Capris at one time or another. And whether you like or hate the Capri it remains a part of motoring history that carved a place for Ford in a part of the market it had never been before and set the trend for others to follow.

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1968 winter testing - 1969 1600cc
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I owned a '71 "1600", followed by a '73 "2000". Bought both used...paid $1200 for the 1600 in '72 and $1800 for the 2000 one in '73. Made money on both cars as the US/German currency worked in my favor. The interior of the 71 was cheap...seats cracked very quickly. It didn't like midwestern winters either. The heater was good to about 25 degrees...then it was cardboard time on the radiator.

The 73 was a much better all around car...ran quite well.
 
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