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Ford Capri XR2 imported from Australia


John J
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I saw on of these at Ford World Headquarters at a car show. Sharp car and I have never seen one before. What can our friends in Australia tell us about the 

car? I think it was a 1992 Capri. Sorry about the photos being sideways. Not sure why that happened.

 

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Not sure if the Capri was still produced in 1992 here in the UK. If you look at the first Capri's from early 1970's you will see a miniature version of the 71-73 Mustang. They were a popular car with the working class that couldnt afford a ferrari or Lambo. The Capri, like the early VW Golf, have a good following here in the UK. Although the "XR2" was assigned to the Ford Fiesta here in the UK along with "XR3" assigned to the Ford Escort and "XR4" assigned to the Ford Sierra

Steve

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That Capri was sold here under the Mercury brand (obviously). It is a variation of the 90's Ford Escort and Mazda 323/Protege. Locally here there is one for sale that is a manual trans turbo with removable hardtop.

 

 

https://columbiamo.craigslist.org/ctd/d/mercury-capri-xr2-hardtop-convertible/6903938015.html

 

On the ClubProtege forum there are/were lots of people hotrodding and mixing and matching parts on all the variations of that platform (Escort, GT, Protégé, 323, GTX, Capri, Kia Aspire, Fiesta but none related to the Euro Fiesta/Capri models) including turbo AWD using all factory parts.

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Yes, our payroll manager had one of these new back in the 90's. It was a fun little car to zip around in. Can be hot-rodded all sorts of ways, but she just had the stock drivetrain.

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