Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Ford By Any Other Name: 1976 Mercury Capri

They (you know...them...them folks) always said that the best Fords have always been German built Mercurys, and today's next feature is a testament to that ridiculous saying. But what is even MORE ridiculous is that somebody hasn't snatched up this classic for the low asking price. Find this 1976 Mercury Capri offered for $6,500 in Cranford, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

From the seller:
1976 Mercury-Ford Capri

The car has A Holley 4-barrel carb, headers, and MSD ignition.
A lot of suspension work was done, including springs, shocks, sway bars, adjustable camber plates, and 14″ Epsilon wheels. 
The interior features Recaro seats imported from Germany, custom door panels, and carpeted rear and hatch areas. 
The rear seat has been replaced with a custom upholstered enclosure that holds the battery, audio amp, and speakers. 

It was painted a silver/gray metallic lacquer about 20 or so years ago, and the paint is now cracking in several areas, although the car still looks good from 20 feet. Some light corrosion is now visible on the lower front fenders, but overall the car's structure is solid.

76.000 Miles

Price Negotiable

Runs and Drives

See a better way to drive something German?


  1. Had one. During "spirited driving" the gear shift broke off in my hand. Went to the wrecking yard. Found 5 shifters. All had been welded back together. Other than that it was a fun car to drive. Phenolic resin timing gear was also a weak point. GLWS

    1. I wonder if they made the shifter out of Phenolic resin too?

    2. Lol. Any idea what the things are that look like mud flaps except are mounted in front of the front wheels? Bits of an old spoiler maybe?

  2. I also had one. A '79 with the V6 and 5 speed. It was a nice little hot rid during the oil embago days of 1979

    1. I wonder if somebody had told us in 1979 that in the future there would be lots of cars that would have over 300 horsepower and still get over 30 mpg would we have believed them? Or that we could go to a dealer and buy a 9 second street car? We probably would have laughed and got in our car with the 80mph speedometer and tried to get home in time to watch Barney Miller...

  3. Cool car... too bad the rust monster has already started attacking it...


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