|Sporty/performance car; Built in Australia|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,800*|
1991 Mercury Capri
1991 Mercury Capri w/optional hardtop
1990 Mercury Capri
1991 Mercury Capri interior
1993 Mercury Capri
All convertibles are beset with compromises, and Capri has its share. But if the price is right, it might not be a bad buy for fun-in-the-sun motoring.
Ford of Australia produced this front-drive 4-seat convertible, launched in the summer of 1990 with major components borrowed from the prior-generation Mazda 323. A 100-horsepower, 1.6-liter dual-cam 4-cylinder engine drove base Capris. The sportier XR2 used a 132-horsepower turbocharged variant. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard with either engine; 4-speed automatic optional, but only for base models. All Capris got a driver-side airbag, power steering, all-disc brakes, and fully independent suspension. Antilock braking was not available. An optional lift-off steel hardtop contained interior lights and an electric rear-window defroster.
XR2s got slightly thicker front and rear antiroll bars for 1991.
New wheels, tires, and cabin trim were installed on the XR2 edition for 1992. Larger tires (195/50R15) on 3-spoke wheels replaced the 185/60R14 rubber, which still was used on the base Capri.
Except for a new radio, nothing significant was changed.
A passenger-side airbag came in 1994, along with a mild facelift. Bumpers, headlights, and taillights were new. Outside mirrors switched to body color. New alloy wheels were installed on both models, but the XR2 gained a standard sport suspension. Ford discontinued its imported convertible after the 1994 season.