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My Dad had a GXL in a wine colour with a vinyl roof, then a metallic blue 2000E, also with a vinyl roof. Nice cars both of them.

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Mark one pre facelift Capri - the GTXLR iirc.

This is me (embarrassingly) in around 1989 having just taken over my nans 1968 1.3 GT XLR that she bought 6 months old. When she bought it she couldn't understand why somebody would buy a car and only keep it for 6 months so she contacted the previous owner. He was a butcher from Hereford that said he decided he'd made a mistake buying a 1.3 so chopped it in for a non GT 1.6. He told her it was a mistake because it was no quicker than the GT 1.3. I only ran it for a year or so then sold it! What a mistake that was! Young and foolish etc. BTW, despite being garaged all its life it wasn't very good underneath and the wings were shot. Still a shame it never got sorted though.

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I had Cortinas 4 and 5, but not a Mark 3. The 4/5 were okay but never had the style of the older car although they were neat enough. My Uncle had a Mark 4 in 1977 shortly after they came out, a Roman bronze 2.0 GL on an R plate. Had its for six years and replaced it with a late model Mark 5 that was a year old, never any trouble.

 

I had a 1300 Sport Escort, same 72 bhp GT engine as that Capri. It went well enough but the 1600 was a lot better. The 2000 V4 was a bit of a dog though. 

 

Good old Ford eh? My local taxi operator runs Mondeos. They're on the 2007 Mark 4 onwards TDCi at the moment, one has 200'000 miles and runs/drives like new. Certainly a far better car than an E90.

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I had 22 Capri's all 3 ltr of every variety, and 1 280 Brooklands, my favourite Mk 3 Cortina was a GXL with a 3 ltr essex manual in it...that i wrapped round an SDI Rover, that had jam coloured stripes down the side...:ph34r: 

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I did have 2.8 capris later on in life, the last being a special (lsd for fun). One of my favourites was my dads mk4 left hand drive 1.6 cortina in silver which he bought in Belgium. He sprayed the back panel matt black like the S model of the day and dropped a 2.0 in it bought from the salvage yard. He thrashed the knackers off it everywhere and it never gave in. XNT 260S.

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Loved the Capri's It must have started with my brothers 1975 MK2 3.0 Ghia manual which he purchased doing the summer of 1976. I found my Capri during 1997 a rare Capri 2.8 Turbo Technics 230 bhp version. (not the standard 200)

 The only Ford to ever to bite me ... was a Granada 2.8 Ghia manual That motor was nothing but trouble .. .

  The local Ford dealer called the Granada  "The lunchtime nightmare"  i was glad to pass the thing on ...

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4 hours ago, Nomis said:

 my dads mk4 left hand drive 1.6 cortina in silver which he bought in Belgium. 

 

A Taunus!

 

Identical to the Cortina, but the 1.3 used a Pinto engine and the 2.0 used the smallest Cologne V6. I had a very nice 1979 Mark 5 1.6L badged as a Taunus. It was RHD but built in Ireland (Cork).

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A Taunus!

 

Identical to the Cortina, but the 1.3 used a Pinto engine and the 2.0 used the smallest Cologne V6. I had a very nice 1979 Mark 5 1.6L badged as a Taunus. It was RHD but built in Ireland (Cork).

Yes I remember them having a different name. I don't remember his having a taunus or a cortina badge. The 2 litre we dropped in it was a normal pinto out of a transit from a breakers yard in the uk.

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His mk4 was poverty spec but did look good in silver with the wider steels with the bits round the square holes painted black. I seem to recall it even having black vinyl seats when he got it but he sourced some lovely blue velour seats from a breaker. It wasn't his pride and joy and was just a work horse for towing car trailers about etc but he hated the vinyl seats, frying pans in the summer and ice blocks in the winter

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Ce Magnifique (school boy French so probably wrong)

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1 hour ago, Nomis said:

Ce Magnifique (school boy French so probably wrong)

C'est magnifique. You almost got it right! (I'd put a thumbs-up there if there was one)

 

It's also not a colour I remember UK Capris being?

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3 hours ago, Carl-e34 said:

That's just so right  :wub: 

 

It is, isn't it? I'm popping over to Paris at the end of June for a few days, I might have a wander around and see what else I can find. Many older cars are banned from the main bit of Paris during the day (they're allowed to come out and play at night though), but cars over 30 years old are exempt!

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Another good shout there Simon,I had a B reg in white with the XR 4x4 reflective panel between the rear lights with the number plate rather crudely relocated to the bumper,this was replaced by a later 2.9 XR4x4 on a G reg in the same red as your pic,

Didn,t keep the 2.9 long,traded down in age to a MK 2 facelift Granada 2.8i GhiaX.

If only we knew at the time how these old Fords were going to increse in value.

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Before I bought that I really wanted a cosworth but just couldn't afford one so very nearly bought a 'mk1' XR4X4, I think it was a C reg but my red F reg came up cheaper so bought that instead.

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I had a 1989 G plate 2.9 Ghia 4x4 estate for a while.  I guess it was pretty much the same as an XR 4x4 to drive. Great car - one of my favourites when I look back.  Pulled like a train, and much more sporting to drive than the Granada 2.9 Auto I had a while before that.

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On 19 April 2017 at 10:37 AM, e60neindanke said:

For @Carl-e34, here's a picture of said Capri.

 

 

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Seems to sit so well in all that Parisian elegance, doesn't it?

 

That's lovely.

 

The 1700 was a Cologne V4, much better than the 1700 V4 Essex used in Zephyrs and the Ford Pubic (Coarse 'airs). The German V4 was used in the Saaab 96 as well. I once had a go in a German Capri 1300 - that was a tiny V4, same block as the 1500/1700 but with a very short stroke - it revved like a bastard, very smooth and with a very Alfasud/Subaru beat to it.

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On 19 April 2017 at 8:57 PM, Nomis said:

Anyway, enough of the capris, how about this? One of the best cars I ever owned. 448b3a1abd48f9f511ecb555fe4be061.jpg

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V6 XR4X4

 

They were very good cars. Not as exotic, but the 2.0iS from 1986-7 was a good car too, plenty of poke from the Pinto with EEC-4 (I think) and a well set up chassis. I had a black one in 1997, rusty as hell but went like a train. D336NOC iirc, pre facelift version.

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They were very good cars. Not as exotic, but the 2.0iS from 1986-7 was a good car too, plenty of poke from the Pinto with EEC-4

After a brief fling with a carb Saab 900 with a manual choke, my Mother had a bright red 2.0iS. She loved it - for all of two weeks. It was nicked from outside a hotel in Dublin and never seen again. She's had mostly BMWs since then.

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The Mk 3 Cavalier in the pic above was a 2.0i CD. Ii had a surprising turn of speed, and was well equipped - heated velour seats, electric everything, Blaupunkt stereo - and air con! Twin cam Sierra GLX went well too, but was hard work for my Wife with no power steering

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