I have owned this Capri since 2000. The car originally was brought to Michigan from California by the previous owner, who had another road racing Capri for the track and used this particular car for both street use and autocross racing.
My very first car was a 1972 Capri 1 back in the late 70's and I had always wanted another one to relive my youth, so when I finally located a solid rust free car nearby at a low price with the good modifications already done it was almost too good to be true. It was even the same Copper color as the last Capri that I owned back in 1984. My goal was to create a nice street car with period correct modifications that would have been the car I had back in the day if I had been able to afford it then.
The interior needed a fair amount of work, and there were a few dings in the body, but I spent the next few years driving the car in the summer and slowly improving it piece by piece as I located various needed parts from e Bay (US and UK) and several Capri vendors such as Team Blitz, and Rocky Mountain NOS. I managed to keep my enthusiasm going with the help of the e mail Capri-list, subscription to Classic Ford Magazine from the UK , and the Capri Club of North America's annual Capri Swarm event in Ohio.
In the fall of 2006, I finally decided to send the car to Body and Soul Restorations in Adrian , Michigan to get the bodywork repaired and new paint applied and am very happy with the way it finally turned out.
I have taken the car to a couple of car shows this summer and have received a lot of positive comments from people that had not seen a Capri in twenty years as they are quite rare these days in the USA. My Capri recently won Best of Class at a recent Ford and Mercury Restorers Club of America event in Dearborn, Michigan.
Future plans include an engine rebuild and front suspension refurbishment.Rand Thompson
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