Friday, May 16, 2014

5k: Black Magic: 1982 Mercury Capri RS

 The second generation Mercury Capri was no longer a European import like the first generation version, and it was built from 1979 thru 1986 on the Fox platform.  The Capri was 99% Mustang in the flesh, but a few odd Capri related items remained like the German built Cologne V6 and those obscene metric sized TRX wheels.  Find this 1982 Mercury Capri RS currently bidding on ebay for $3,550 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.

According to the seller's description and photos, this black beauty has been through a significant restoration that involved all sorts of metal cutting and welding.  This car started life as a basic Capri, but the nose piece and hood are from a Capri RS.

Under the hood is a 302 cubic inch Ford V8 that has been given a set of heads, intake, exhaust and is probably good for something in the 300 horsepower range.  It should make for a decent running and that characteristic 5.0 sound should be loud and clear.

Inside is more Fox Mustang parts bin stuff, but covered in Mercury badges in case you forget what car you are driving.  The condition of the inside of this one is better than most and would make a great driver.

See another black/gold pony car?


  1. These are pretty fun cars for on the cheap. Drop a pack of marlboros in your t shirt pocket and hit the road. The upgraded brakes and rear end make it fairly reliable as well. And parts are still cheap.

  2. one year before the bubbleback.

  3. Oy, didn't know these had a Cologne V6 stuffed in them. I have the 2.9L in my Ford Ranger. Strong enough while they run, but man those oil problems.... Very flawed head design.

  4. I have a 1982 black magic: original owner, all equipment including louvers on back window, factory T-Top, original mud flaps, has never had any body work done, engine has never been overhauled, radio has the power boost nob, everything is original. I start it at least 1 time a month and drive it around. Original paint and really shines. Has 98,000 original miles. A few rock chips on rock panel.

    I do not think anyone else could make these claims!


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