The pony car is not an exclusively American phenomenon, as the European Ford Capri demonstrates. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has a pretty balls-out edition of the car, which the seller claims is the Capri that love built.
Speaking of love, it was in evidence yesterday for the diesel doorstop that was the ‘86 Isuzu Trooper. That ardor was insufficient however in overcoming the truck's salted-snail celerity and the 71% Crack Pipe loss could have equally been for its price or lack of appropriateness as a zombie apocalypse escape vehicle.
No, for outrunning a brain-gnashing horde of corpulent cannibals, you need something with speed, handling, and the zombie-mulching ability that only a roll cage-equipped ride can provide. That's why the mods made to this '77 Capri might make it a preferable choice. The seller notes that it is a work in progress, and claims personal hardships as the reason for the sale. What he has accomplished so far is the replacement of the car's Cologne V6 (or lima four) with what's claimed to be a 340-bhp 351
Cleveland Windsor. A T5 backs up the small block, while Mustang II front suspension keeps the nose out of the dirt and disk brakes get doled out all around. Fender flares in the back keep the BFG-wrapped Halibrands from getting sunburned, and there's a ranger 7.5-inch rear end to ensure they spin. The front fenders remain as un-flared as Jennifer Aniston's Office Space character, but they do sport a pair of Escalade(?) side vents, which may be the most questionable choice the builder has made.
Inside is the aforementioned 6-point cage and a pair of vinyl buckets looking straight out of an ad from Hot Rod magazine. The rest of the interior is part Capri and part empty as the rear seats appear to have been sacrificed for the cage. The seller says that the bodywork is not complete, and slyly only shows the finished side in the ad. Regardless, it's all going to be fiberglass and bondo work, so how hard could it be to wrap up? Right now, probably due to the in-process body mods, the car wears a couple of shades of primer. If you wanted to have the car get the primo valet spot at Chez What you might want to get it sprayed. On the other hand, a couple of gallons of kerosene rubbed into the existing primer coat will be pretty evil looking.
As noted, the seller claims that having to raise a grandchild and the shit economy (I love blaming things on that!) have meant that he can't put the appropriate amount of time and money towards this project any more. He says he has over $20 grand in it to date, as well untold quantities of time and love, and it's the love that makes it special.
Despite that investment, the seller recognizes that it's not what you've spent, but what other people think it's worth that will drive a sale. And to that end he has taken a stab at what he thinks that is, settling on $12,000.
Now that kind of bank will buy you any number of Mustang GT, which would be infinitely more common in sourcing parts and pieces. The flip side of that ubiquity is that you'd be just another horse in the herd, while the Capri's scarcity – owning to the fact that these cars were reasonably unloved for years – would make this car standout.
Buying someone else's project is always an iffy proposition as their decisions might not have been yours. In this case, it's not too late to leave your imprint on the car. Of course you'd have to come up with that $12,000 to do so, and hence it has come to the point were we need to find out if that's something you'd be willing to do. Would you drop that much for this Capri built out of love and sweat? Or does that price geld your ardor for this Euro-pony?
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