The Ford Consul Capri was a 2-door pillarless coupe version of the Ford Consul Classic and was only in production from 1961 to 1964. The car took its styling cues from the American Ford Galaxie Sunliner and Ford Thunderbird, hence the code name Sunbird. The Ford Consul Capri was advanced for its time with front disc brakes, variable speed wipers, dimming dash lights and cigar lighter. The coupe was designed to add glamour to the Ford range, however sales were poor and the British public at the time didn’t take to the American styling. The Capri was also expensive to produce and in total less than 20,000 examples were sold, making it one of the rarest Fords in the country.
My Ford Consul Capri started life in 1963, painted in white and featuring column gear change. The car was extensively, but tastefully modified by a previous owner during 2000 – 2001. The exterior has remained relatively standard while gaining an Essex 3.0 litre motor and a 5-speed Sierra XR4i gearbox with 3.0 litre Capri differential and brakes. There is also a 4-box stainless steel exhaust system fitted, which makes the car sound great!
I have owned this car for two years now and she is a pure dream to drive. When the car came up for sale there were already other people interested, however, the owner decided to sell it to me, which has made me unpopular in some circles! The Ford Consul Capri has proven very reliable with only a replacement clutch needed during my ownership.
I use the car mainly for shows, but do use it some weekends – as long as it’s not raining!
The Ford Consul Capri is now a rare and desirable classic car and ones in good condition are commanding high prices.