Monday, February 1, 2016

Fox Based: 1983 Mercury Capri RS 5.0

The Mercury Capri was sold in three distinct generations which are commonly known as the German Capri (1970-1977), Mustang Capri (1979-1986) and finally the Crapi (1991-1994).  Obviously the German Capri is the coolest of the breed, but for day-to-day driving, I think the Fox Mustang based Capri is going to be the easy winner.  Find this 1983 Mercury Capri RS 5.0 offered for $10,000 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


The Mercury Capri market isn't exactly exploding like the value of Star Wars collectibles, so the asking price is a bit on the high side for my taste...but it isn't like you see a Capri with 54k miles on the odometer and red/red color combo every day.


Powering the Foxpri is Ford's 5.0 liter V8, which sucks air through a 4-barrel carburetor and produces 175 horsepower and 245 ft-lbs of torque.  This one has the desirably 5-speed manual gearbox, which will make your time in the Capri much more enjoyable.


See another minty Mercury for sale? tips@dailyturismo.com

20 comments:

  1. The Fox improved little-by-little over the years, this one's still carbureted and most people would think the '87-93 interior an improvement though it was full of hard plastic bits.

    Are those wheels original? They're hideous.

    I'm figuring that as Foxes become collectible the most valuable ones - aside from the Cobras - and certainly the most drivable will be GTs and LXs with some of the most typical aftermarket mods - the SN95 front suspension and 2300-K brakes, 5-lug conversion (better hurry, those early Rangers are getting scarce in the junkyards...), and an original set of the Japanese-made '95 Cobra R wheels.

    I've got two sets of those wheels and I think I'm going to hold on to them...

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    1. I don't think those wheels are original, but are intended to look like the original ones. FYI, the original were metric-sized so the TRX was the only tire you could get that would fit. Original wheels look better (but very 70's) but I think you'll have a tough time finding decent rubber that will fit.

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    2. I have three of the 1983 Mustang GLX metric rims that are in good shape if anybody is looking for 1 (or 3). Liked the Michelin tires, but they were expensive to replace and got harder and harder to find.

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    3. Coker tire reproduces Michelin TRXs in many different sizes now - might be of help to some of you guys...

      https://www.cokertire.com/michelin-trx.html

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    4. I am utterly stunned. I can see maybe some Ferrari guys wanting repros of some of the bigger sizes, but they're doing more sizes than I knew existed.

      Have to think that their target market for some of them is Europe, as the dozen Renault Fuegos still extant in the US (or the three dozen early Escort GTs) have long been converted to conventional rims. Even something like an E28 533i, at $370/tire you can have a whole set of E39 17x8 wheels, centering rings, and really good 235/45-17 tires for less money.

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    5. This may come as sad news to the same people buying new TRX tires: Sony recently announced it will stop production of new Betamax cassettes in March 2016.

      Let that sink in for a minute.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34776424

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    6. Agreed Jeff. A LX notchback with Cobra wheels looks perfect. Saw this picture the other day and made me want a 5.0 bad.
      [img]https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/62/29/8e/62298e3b4246a255cb9d1b5f03cbac18.jpg[/img]

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    7. Those are the '93 Cobra wheels, right? And that's the hood you put on to clear a 351 swap. Been there, done that.

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    8. Here we go with the comment-bounce again...

      Don't lower a Fox that far without swapping to the SN95 ('94-) front spindles. Also gives you better brake choices cheaply.

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  2. If you are wealthy and don't want people to know, this is a good way to hide your money.
    Buy cars that look like they cost $1,000 for $10,000. No one will ever suspect how much you paid.

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    1. That only works if you can resell it for more than you paid for it.

      Seriously, though, some Foxes are becoming collectible. How far back that reaches, and whether the Capris are swept up in that, is another question.

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  5. My God, the Blogger Comment Bouncy-Bouncy is pretty exceptional this morning.

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  6. 10 large?!?! This can not - can. not. be serious...
    Until I saw these photo's, I never realized what a strange back window the Capri's had. Wow, that is not attractive. Gosh, if this is any indication of where the Fox bodies are headed price-wise, I'd better start amassing a collection.
    Excuse me, 1 percenters? Would you mind leaving just one fun car alone for the rest of us?

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    1. That was my feeling after spot-watching Barrett Jackson this weekend. Who the hell are those guys? Except for "low budget Sunday" (my term) there were hardly any of the successful bidders who even cracked a smile. Man, that looks like a miserable kind of life....

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  7. My car senior year in HS was an 83 GT. One of my favorite cars ever. Mine was black on black and had a 4 speed. The paint on the passengers side door was checkered in a pattern that looked like someone had barged out the window while at speed. I couldn't remove it with rubbing compound, either. I later found a air freshener under the seat that looked like a urinal cake in a chew tobacco can.
    The car had all of the usual defects, loosening drivers seat weld, rear main leak and loose trailing arm bushing. Still, it was fast as hell in 1st and 2nd gear. Never got a ticket with it somehow.

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    1. Your comment about loose trailing arm bushings caused a flash back to all my years of Fox-Fairmont ownership. Click-click, Click-click over every tar strip. And back then, if I wanted to tighten them up, I had to do it by hand, with a 3-foot pipe over my flex-handle, while laying under the car. Thanks for the memory. Ouch!

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