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Old May 7th 2014, 7:40 am
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The boxy Capri would be the MkII, right? This one:


While not a terribly bad car in itself, it just wasn't quite as cool, or good looking as the MkI and MkIII.
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
The boxy Capri would be the MkII, right? This one:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...i_mk2_1974.jpg

While not a terribly bad car in itself, it just wasn't quite as cool, or good looking as the MkI and MkIII.
If I remember it was a MkIII. It definitely had the twin round headlights on each side of the grille
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
The boxy Capri would be the MkII, right? This one:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...i_mk2_1974.jpg

While not a terribly bad car in itself, it just wasn't quite as cool, or good looking as the MkI and MkIII.
MkI was a great looking car.

That pic you posted... It's a lovely shade of.... some colour. What would you call that?
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If I remember it was a MkIII. It definitely had the twin round headlights on each side of the grille
OK. One of these, then:


I don't find those overly boxy though, they fit into the Ford lineup of the time, namely the MkII Escort, MkIV and V Cortina and MkII Granada. All cars I remember fondly from childhood with misty-eyed nostalgia.

Ah, Anglo-German cars of the early 1980s, great stuff
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Ah, Anglo-German cars of the early 1980s, great stuff
My BiL had one of these until he sold it and got an M3.



It was scary when it was wet and I remember we did a 360 in the snow one time as well. Fun times.
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My BiL had one of these until he sold it and got an M3.

http://www.pistonheads.com/pics/news/19013/media-L.jpg

It was scary when it was wet and I remember we did a 360 in the snow one time as well. Fun times.
Nice one
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Well they were plated from Indiana...bit of a hike
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As a new BE forum member I’m catching up on this thread. So back to the beginning, MGB GTs

Growing up in Harrow, the neighbor across the street had 3-4 of these. Lovely little cars. Only one was ever running, the others were parts cars and he was always tinkering. Didnt know it then but turns out thats pretty typical eh. The British car industry ah god bless it. Brings back lots of memories I’d not thought of in ages. A V8 in that little bugger must be a load of fun.

The Anglia was my mums first car. My goodness what a pile. Got us all over France for our holidays though. With three kids in the back.

The car I always wanted back in the 80s growing up in London was either an Escort RS2000 rally car or a Capri. Thought they were the dogs you know whats. My dad worked at a Ford dealership for years and he would always bring home the new year model book/pamphlet on the Ford cars. Loved it. The twin headlights on the Capri were so…racy. Then I saw an episode of Wheeler Dealers recently where he finds a Capri and just looks so square and boxy and plain and not at all racy.

Still would like an old RS2000 though

Great thread, I got 100 more pages to catch up on
Happy days indeed.
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
OK. One of these, then:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...0-12-28%29.jpg

I don't find those overly boxy though, they fit into the Ford lineup of the time, namely the MkII Escort, MkIV and V Cortina and MkII Granada. All cars I remember fondly from childhood with misty-eyed nostalgia.

Ah, Anglo-German cars of the early 1980s, great stuff
Ah yes. Fantastic shade of orange complete with ’S’ go-faster stripe down the side. I share your misty eyes nostalgia. Boxy only in as much as compared to todays sculpted and streamlined shapes. And compared to how I remembered it, all swooping fastback and child-eating grille.
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Originally Posted by Nutek
MkI was a great looking car.

That pic you posted... It's a lovely shade of.... some colour. What would you call that?
Nissan are single handedly bringing that colour back. Sort of Rusty Puke. Or Daiper Spillage. Or Curry Aftermath.
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Originally Posted by Cape Blue
Happy days indeed.
Lovely. I forgot about the Ghia until I saw the back end of that Capri. Proper bit o’ Ford that.

And the front end on the beat up Mexican RS2000 is the best to my eye. It’s how I always remember them. Really sweet.

Don’t the wheels all look small compared to todays penchant for large rims. Anyone know what size they were? Like 15”. Reckon a Capri with some 18’s retrofitted and a bigger spoiler on back would be pretty delish. Better yet, Ford should do to the Capri what Dodge did to the Challenger. And put a Mustang motor in it. And call it a Mustang. Erm…..
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Lovely. I forgot about the Ghia until I saw the back end of that Capri. Proper bit o’ Ford that.

And the front end on the beat up Mexican RS2000 is the best to my eye. It’s how I always remember them. Really sweet.

Don’t the wheels all look small compared to todays penchant for large rims. Anyone know what size they were? Like 15”. Reckon a Capri with some 18’s retrofitted and a bigger spoiler on back would be pretty delish. Better yet, Ford should do to the Capri what Dodge did to the Challenger. And put a Mustang motor in it. And call it a Mustang. Erm…..
The Mexico was different than the RS2000 - it was a 1600 pushrod engine as against the 2 liter pinto. It was immaculate, but caught fire whilst I was driving it and I had to bale-out. The MGB looked a lot worse at one point - a tree fell on it when it was parked - broke a lot of the glass and pushed the roof down. I was lucky with cars like that

I think those cars were on 13" rims back then, if you were lucky they could fit the wide "165" tyres .
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The Mexico was different than the RS2000 - it was a 1600 pushrod engine as against the 2 liter pinto. It was immaculate, but caught fire whilst I was driving it and I had to bale-out. The MGB looked a lot worse at one point - a tree fell on it when it was parked - broke a lot of the glass and pushed the roof down. I was lucky with cars like that

I think those cars were on 13" rims back then, if you were lucky they could fit the wide "165" tyres .
Yikes. I’ve had bad luck with my motorbikes, but never to that extent.

13” rims holy mustapha. I’ve had bigger plates of dinner
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Nissan are single handedly bringing that colour back. Sort of Rusty Puke. Or Daiper Spillage. Or Curry Aftermath.
It was available on Chryslers in the early 70's in the UK, they called it "Sunset". My mother wanted an Avenger in that colour, but it wasn't available soon enough and we ended up with a metallic turquoise color.
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The Mexico was different than the RS2000 - it was a 1600 pushrod engine as against the 2 liter pinto. It was immaculate, but caught fire whilst I was driving it and I had to bale-out. The MGB looked a lot worse at one point - a tree fell on it when it was parked - broke a lot of the glass and pushed the roof down. I was lucky with cars like that

I think those cars were on 13" rims back then, if you were lucky they could fit the wide "165" tyres .
I had a Mexico. Blue and white.. flared arches.. HUUUUUGE spotlights. And a gearshift that used to pull out of the tranny at the most inconvenient times.
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