Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

You can RANT and RAVE to your hearts content here instead of clogging up the Q&A Technical Forum!
Report any offensive posts to [email protected]
User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat May 26, 2018 4:25 pm

I was flicking through some old car Daily Mail Motor Review magazines and thought it was interesting to see what was written about the Capri.
In case you don't remember the magazines, they consisted of a brief summary of most new cars that were on sale in that particular year. They looked like this:

Image

The Capri featured in a few of the magazines through the 1980s.

1980:

Image

The text in close up:

Image

1981:

Image

The text:

Image

1982:

Image

The text:

Image

The Capri didn't feature again until 1985, and then it didn't even have a photo alongside the text:

Image

1986:

Image

The text:

Image

And finally, the 1987 edition:

Image

Image

I like the bit where they state that "though rumours of it's demise persist, they are somewhat premature". This was written in 1987 the 1987 magazine, after production had ended!

I hope you enjoyed this little dig through the archives! :D

Andrew.
Image

Caprifan Rob
Posts: 1416
Joined: Tue May 06, 2014 8:47 pm
Car(s): 2.8injection special

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Caprifan Rob » Sat May 26, 2018 6:27 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:I hope you enjoyed this little dig through the archives! :D

I did :D . It's great to read articles when the car was current, I've got a few '80s CCI mags & read them now & again. The stories are great as all Capri 's at the time were daily drivers.

User avatar
andyd
Posts: 5516
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:43 am
Car(s): 1984 2.8 Injection
Location: Devon

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby andyd » Sat May 26, 2018 6:35 pm

Good find Andrew.

I might pop back to 1982 and pick up a 2.8i for under £8000 :D That was also close to 2013/14 prices :o

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat May 26, 2018 6:55 pm

Caprifan Rob wrote:I did :D . It's great to read articles when the car was current, I've got a few '80s CCI mags & read them now & again.

Hi Rob,
It is good to read articles about the Capri from back in the day. :D I've got back issues of the CCI magazines too, but I steer clear of the classifieds as they make depressing reading these days!

Andrew.
Image

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat May 26, 2018 6:59 pm

andyd wrote:Good find Andrew.

I might pop back to 1982 and pick up a 2.8i for under £8000 :D That was also close to 2013/14 prices :o

Thanks Andy,
Is that the "Supercapri" that "is a very fast car indeed" ? :D As you say, wouldn't it be good to pick up a 4 speed 2.8 for the list price? 2013/2014 prices also seem like a long time ago now!

Andrew.
Image

Paul G
Posts: 1216
Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:21 pm
Car(s): MK 3 3.0S needing restoration, 2.0S, 1.6 Laser (nearly ready), Fiesta mK2 pop plus, Skoda Octavia VRS, Rover SD1 Vitesse.
Location: High Wycombe

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Paul G » Sat May 26, 2018 7:00 pm

Well found articles Andrew, but some lazy journalism saying the 2.0 Laser had XR3 seats;- they were the same cheepo ones that the 1.6 had.

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat May 26, 2018 7:33 pm

Paul G wrote:Well found articles Andrew, but some lazy journalism saying the 2.0 Laser had XR3 seats;- they were the same cheepo ones that the 1.6 had.

Thanks Paul, and well spotted!
I love reading these old magazines and brochures. It amuses me when they list the equipment that cars had back then that we take for granted these days and it's not even worth mentioning. Items such as reclining front seats with head restraints, four speakers, rev counter and the like... :D

Andrew.
Image

User avatar
Jasonmarie
Donator
Donator
Posts: 1914
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:30 am
Car(s): Ford Capri 2.0 Laser Mercury Grey 1987 hobby
Mercedes Vito Traveline 2.2 Big Bus Daily Driver
Location: Kent

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Jasonmarie » Sun May 27, 2018 10:30 am

That was a great read and find .its good to read something of what they thought back then when the cars were new and you could go in to a ford showroom where the sales room man would ask if you needed any help .
Ford Capri 2.0 Laser 1987 Mercury Grey ....... :beer:

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun May 27, 2018 12:53 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:That was a great read and find .its good to read something of what they thought back then when the cars were new

Hi Jason,
If you like reading contemporary reports of the Capri, there are some books that available that are a compilation of roadtests and the like, published by Brooklands Books. They are both well worth a read.
http://brooklandsbooks.co.uk/index.php? ... uct_id=153
http://brooklandsbooks.co.uk/index.php? ... uct_id=263

Andrew.
Image

User avatar
Jasonmarie
Donator
Donator
Posts: 1914
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:30 am
Car(s): Ford Capri 2.0 Laser Mercury Grey 1987 hobby
Mercedes Vito Traveline 2.2 Big Bus Daily Driver
Location: Kent

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Jasonmarie » Sun May 27, 2018 3:40 pm

Yes I do have a few books on the Capri but not them , my wife is always saying what do you want for your birthday so I might put them on my list . .thanks for the link Andrew
Ford Capri 2.0 Laser 1987 Mercury Grey ....... :beer:

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:51 pm

Spotted this gem in the 1957 Motor Show Review, it made to chuckle to see how times have changed. A 1600cc engine is, apparently, just too much for the ladies to handle.....

Image

Andrew.
Image

User avatar
andyd
Posts: 5516
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:43 am
Car(s): 1984 2.8 Injection
Location: Devon

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby andyd » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:56 pm

SEXIST!!!! :whistle:

The Mrs had a 1100cc some years ago, but it was in a Kawasaki ZZR :lol:

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:40 am

andyd wrote:SEXIST!!!! :whistle:


Different, more innocent, times. The whole Show Review is full of references of men choosing cars for performance and the ladies choosing the colour schemes... :)

Andrew.
Image

User avatar
andyd
Posts: 5516
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:43 am
Car(s): 1984 2.8 Injection
Location: Devon

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby andyd » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:25 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
andyd wrote:SEXIST!!!! :whistle:


Different, more innocent, times. The whole Show Review is full of references of men choosing cars for performance and the ladies choosing the colour schemes... :)

Andrew.

Was that the time the Womans place was in the kitchen? :whistle:

timfromull
Posts: 619
Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:13 pm
Car(s): 1985 Capri Laser (project) Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior and Vauxhall Vivaro van
Location: Stoke-on-Trent

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby timfromull » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:17 pm

Paul G wrote:Well found articles Andrew, but some lazy journalism saying the 2.0 Laser had XR3 seats;- they were the same cheepo ones that the 1.6 had.

Having had many Lasers and now building a modded one which will bare no resemblance to its Laser past, I've always felt that the Laser spec seats and fabric was a let down.......... a weak spot in its armour :sorry:

Paul G
Posts: 1216
Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:21 pm
Car(s): MK 3 3.0S needing restoration, 2.0S, 1.6 Laser (nearly ready), Fiesta mK2 pop plus, Skoda Octavia VRS, Rover SD1 Vitesse.
Location: High Wycombe

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Paul G » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:13 pm

They are basically "L" spec seats with an even more fragile covering. Luckily I managed to find a pair of good front seats for £30 a couple of years ago so my interior is quite good but I'll put covers on them to protect them from further wear.

They frankly would have been nicer with the LS "Carla" seats than the "Truro" crap material they used.

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in Rally Sport Magazine

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:29 am

Morning all,
We all know that the Capri has quite a distinguished history on the race circuit, but it's quite unusual to read of one competing on international status rallies. Whilst browsing through an old magazine I noticed this photo of a 2.8 Injection that competed on the 1985 Lombard RAC rally:

Image

Remembering how every man and his dog used to put concrete in the boot back in the day, I had to have a little chuckle at the sponsors name on the bootlid! :lol:

Image

Sadly, the endeavour didn't end well. I hope saving for the 1986 RAC was successful!

Image


Andrew.
Image

fordperv
Posts: 321
Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:40 pm
Car(s): too many
Location: stoke on trent

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby fordperv » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:54 am

Paul G wrote:
They frankly would have been nicer with the LS "Carla" seats than the "Truro" crap material they used.


This was also my belief so did it on mine, the ls donor car I bought for a front corner cut just happened to have a nice interior, it really brightens up the inside as well in my opinion

Image
Image

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 11843
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion
Contact:

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:30 am

Very nice interior!
The check looks much better than most of the later materials used in the Capri.

Andrew.
Last edited by Andrew 2.8i on Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Image

Not_Anumber
Donator
Donator
Posts: 379
Joined: Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:54 pm
Car(s): 2.8 Injection 1983. Restoring:1979 MGB GT + 1964 Honda 250 twin. Previously owned 2 Capris.

Re: Ford Capri in the Daily Mail Motor Review

Postby Not_Anumber » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:03 am

+1 for the LS Carla interior. Always thought they should have carried it on into the late S spec cars and into the Laser. Did the Laser ever have an option on interior trim, Recarros etc or was there no choice ?