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It's half a century since the first Ford Capri, more than 30 since the last - and we still love 'em 💙

You know you want it, right? Indeed, back in 1969 Ford launched the Capri with almost that tagline."The car you always promised yourself." If you couldn't afford the high-roller stakes required for a two-door coupe from the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar or Mercedes, no problem. Finally, here was the chance to drive something in the same mould - something with a far swoopier roofline than the dowdy Hunter, Viva, or Cortina you were used to.

It was distinctive in every way, other than its sporting spirit, and ended up not only being a huge hit in the UK and Europe, but also Australia, Japan and, believe it or not, America. If you walked into a US Ford dealer and it had a Mercury franchise as well, you may well have seen a Mercury Capri sat right next to a Mustang and had to take your pick. In the end, Ford sold very nearly 1.9 million Capris from a production run than lasted 17 years.

I expected it to be a proper handful, too, bearing in mind that grown men had told me that the Capri was a lively thing when I was a nipper. It was a car for the hairy chested, they said. Sure enough, it didn't drum up a huge amount of grip from its tiny 15-inch alloys and 195/55 tyres, but when the tail started swinging - at low speeds, at least - it was fun, not frightful. Even the ride was pleasantly absorbing and much less agitated than I'd imagined.


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This has beenfor sale for many months. Given its not actually perfect, £39k is a lot of cash.

Always wanted 3.0 Turbo when I was younger but could never afford one. Always looked a cool motor

My first car was a black 2.0 S. It was the best.

Were the RS inserts on the wheels an optional extra? Same question about the steering wheel that appears to have been stolen from an Escort

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