Ford Capri 109E
1961-1962, 11143 produced.
Coupe,2 doors,2 seats
The first 200 Capris were hand made for export to Germany in time for the 1960 car show expo.
They were designed by Fords Charles Thompson and an ex Canadian jazz musician named Roy Brown. Roy was involved with the design of many great American Fords in the 40s and 50s untill he got to the Ford Edsel, named after Henry Fords son, the Ford Edsel was the first expensive Ford disaster. After that Roy turned up in a small outback Ford factory called "Dagenham" where he was involved in the design of the Anglia, Consul etc. Then he did it again, another expensive Ford disaster, the Consul Capri.
At the Dagenham factory the Capri was known as the "SunBird" a cross between the Yank-Tank Thunderbird and Sunliner models. The term Yank-Tank came fron early American, Dutch imigrants named Jan, collectively called Yan-kees, the tank bit was the due to their size. The term Dagenham dustbin was due to the fast rusting cheap recycled metal used on early British Fords.The early Capris were underpowered and also tended to snap the crankshaft, not nice in traffic!
Dubbed by Ford as Britains first personal car ? It had cutting edge disc-brakes, multi-speed wipers, four headlights, a dash dimmer and even a cigar lighter, all clever stuff but no help when you've got a broken crankshaft.
Both the Ford Edsel and Capri are now very sought after classic cars.
Source: Contributor to Motorbase
Ford (UK) launched its first ever family sized coupe in 1961, the Ford Capri 109E. The Capri used the same floor pan and mechanical items as the Ford Classic 109E saloon which appeared at the same time. Both new models used a new overhead valve 1340cc four cylinder engine and had a four speed gearbox with either a floor or column change. The styling of the Capri was very transatlantic and certainly not to everyone's taste. The Capri had a unique "5 Star" grille and twin headlamps, plus a long swage line that ran down each side of the side of the car and swept into the large "Gull Wing" rear fins. From the rear the Capri looked like a scaled down Chevrolet Impala and was certainly distinctive. Sadly the Capri was misunderstood by the public and needed more power. In 1962 a 1500 version arrived but this was also short lived and so the first Capri project faded away in 1963...
|1340cc||S4 OHV||Ford Classic 109E Engine||80.96mm x 65.07mm||8.5|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|79 mph||23 s|
|ISBN||Title||Publisher||Buy this book|
|1870642988||High Performance Capris Gold Portfolio 1969-87||Brooklands Books|
Buying Guide - 1969-1987 Ford Capri
|Publication||Classic Cars April 2005|
|Buying Guide - 1969-1987 Ford Capri - The car you’ve always promised yourself still offers performance and style at a bargain price, but spares are vanishing, so check carefully to buy the best.|
|Publication||Classic Cars September 2003|
|Our Cars - 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0-Litre-Phil Bell. 1985 Fiat 124 Spider-Ben Field. 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon-Martin Buckley. 1969 Triumph Vitesse, 1967 Jaguar 420-Malcolm McKay.|
Buyer Datafile: Ford Consul Classic and Capri 1961-1964
|Publication||Practical Classics September 2003|
|Buyer Datafile: Ford Consul Classic and Capri 1961-1964 - These daring designs weren't admired in the Sixties. But now?|
Thinking of Buying ... ...A Ford Capri
|Publication||Classic Car Mart December 2004|
|Thinking of Buying... ...A Ford Capri - Is this really ’The Car You’ve Always Promised Yourself’ as Ford suggested? Ted Purcell, a man above temptation, takes a look at the perils of that Capri trip.|
Starter Classic - Ford Capri
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car October 2004|
|Starter Classic - Ford Capri - The ’car you always promised yourself' is now an affordable first classic, explains Malcolm McKay.|
Marque Five 1960s Fords
|Publication||Classic Car Mart June 2004|
|Marque Five 1960s Fords - When it comes to economical, period, family motoring, they don't come much more classic or usable that a Ford from the early Sixties, insists Paul Guinness. Ford Anglia 105E, Ford Cortina Mk1, Ford Zephyr, Ford Zodiac, Ford Classic & Capri, Ford Corsair.|
Buying Power - Ford Consul Classic/Capri
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 21st April 2004|
|Buying Power - Ford Consul Classic/Capri - A commercial failure when new, but well loved now, RUSS SMITH takes a look at Ford's weirdest Sixties styling duo.|
Classic Car Mart May 2003 pg 8
|Publication||Classic Car Mart May 2003|
|Ford Capri Mk1. It started a whole new motoring trend, with exoctic styling and simple engineering. Paul Guinness drives a smart car.|
Classic Ford March 2003 pg 8
|Publication||Classic Ford March 2003|
|MKI Capri 3-Litre GT. Yellow Fever. A chance encounter at the lights and Lee Carter was struck down with a serious motoring affliction. The cure? Bagging the smartest Capri in Essex.|
Classic Car Weekly 19 September 2001 pg 8
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 19 September 2001|
|Buying Power. Ford Capri Mk I. Sleek, fun and affordable, many a boy racer jumped on the Capri bandwagon, now the car has achieved classic status it is attracting a different kind of following, says Ben Field.|
Classics September 2001 pg 16
|Publication||Classics September 2001|
|A couple set out to prove the MOT tester wrong by restoring this Capri Mk1. David Bowers tells a tale of bodybuilding|
Classic Car Weekly 14 March 2001 pg 14
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 14 March 2001|
|Buying Power. Super coupe. The Capri was a stylish coupe when new and is a practical classic today, but it pays to buy wisely. Richard Gunn points out what to check on a MkIII.|