Image Credit: Ford via
Image Credit: Ford via

In the mid-1960s, Europeans looked across the pond and drooled over the Ford Mustang prancing along American highways (okay, a couple of Ford “T5s” made it to Germany). But late in the decade, Ford brought Europe it’s own “Mustang,” the beautiful Cortina-based Ford Capri fastback.


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I saw those in the UK in the 1980s. They were usually ass down in a drainage ditch with the nose pointed straight up in the air. They had a real reputation of having the rear end swing out if you tried to go around a corner at anything more than 10mph. Oddly enough they were very popular with the cops, I guess after the Morris Marina they were used to driving at ten mph.