Monday, April 22, 2019

ASC McLaren Convertible: 1986 Mercury Capri

This next car is about as odd of a combination as you'll find around -- first it is the Mercury Capri from the time when they shared a chassis and powertrain with the Fox-body Mustang, and it is equipped with a manual gearbox, but the kicker is that it is one of the few Capri's put through the ASC McLaren convertible conversion. Find this 1986 Mercury Capri offered for $8000 in Quinton, VA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

 From the seller:
1986 Mercury Capri 
condition: good 
cylinders: 8 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: black 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: convertible 
For Sale: 1986 Mercury Capri ASC McLaren edition with 72,517 original miles. This is a very rare car only 557 ASC McLaren convertibles were made between 1984-1986. Car runs strong, shifts great (5 speed), and everything works. It does have air conditioning and has been converted to R-134A. Power windows, power front disc brakes, power steering, manual top, and all the ASC options including Recaro bucket seats, built in radar detector, stereo, etcetera. The only issue with the body is a small broken piece from the front air dam - I have the piece in the trunk and it can be repaired. Also, the motor that locks the top in the back needs to be replaced - I have it and am in the process of replacing it. Floors and undercarriage are clean. Only modifications are the 75MM throttle body, trick flow intake, shorty headers, and cat back dynaflow exhaust. 

Keywords: convertible mustang capri 5.0 fox body

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  1. That is a hell of a lot of exclusivity for eight grand!

  2. didnt the 'stangs of this vintage come in a drop top? i swear vanilla ice said he had one. you could just put a capri front end on one and say its a mclaren.

  3. McLaren sure has come a long way

    1. McLaren the company has about as much to do with Bruce as Chevrolet has to do with Louis, Gaston, and Arthur.
      That said, this has hardly anything at all to do with McLaren the company , but maybe a little bit more to do with Bruce.
      The Livonia, Michigan-based McLaren Performance Technologies was started by Bruce McLaren to build engines for his Can-Am cars which were actually manufactured by Trojan in England for his other company.

    2. Different McLaren then you're thinking of.

    3. No way, really? I see so many similarities with the surfacing

    4. Nope, same Mclaren. They also built the Buick GNX with ASC.

      A fascinating history of ASC here

    5. I think Anonymous was referring to my cheeky post.
      I will just kidding around.

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    3. The iPhone and the blogger UI conspire to quite thoroughly mangle the posts to the extent that sometimes it makes more sense to delete the whole mess and start over.

      I have nothing to say
      and I am saying it
      and that is poetry
      as I need it.

      John Cage


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