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Ford Capri Convertible
The Italian Ghia designed and Australian made, Ford Capri Convertible, was based on the front wheel drive Australian Ford Laser/Mazda 323 floorpan. It was destined for big things, as it was built in both right-hand and left-hand drive from the outset. The left-hand drive versions being built for the North American market to be sold as Mercury Capris in the USA. Released in Australia in October 1989, the base SA model Capri convertible, designed as a 2 + 2, was initially powered by a SOHC 61kW 1.6 litre EFI. A turbo version of a DOHC 100kW 1.6 litre EFI was also available at its release. A Series II upgrade, in October 1990, saw a DOHC version of the 1.6 litre EFI engine released with increased output to 77kW.

In April 1992, the updated SC model was released firstly, as an "XR2", both Turbo and non-turbo version, then in July 1992, as a "Clubsprint" Turbo and then again in November 1992, as a "Barchetta" non-turbo version. The final updated SE model was released in August 1993 as a "Barchetta", non-turbo version, an "XR2", both turbo and non-turbo versions and finally as a "Clubsprint" version, again, both turbo and non-turbo versions. Production of these vehicles ceased completely for all versions in mid 1994. It was replaced in Australia by the fully imported US-built Ford Probe.

A total of 66,279 Capri Convertibles were built by Ford Australia. Of these, 55,932 were left hand drive units built for the US market, with the remaining 10,347 Capris, being right hand drive models. Of these, 9,787 were sold on the Australian market, 440 were exported to New Zealand and 120 were exported to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Production Numbers


1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

Total
SA Capri

43
2,614
2,956
-
-
-
-

5,613
SA Series II

-
33
20,405
17,058
-
-
-

37,496
SC Capri

-
-
-
3,772
12,611
1,907
-

18,290
SE Capri

-
-
-
-
-
3,228
2,013

5,241
Totals

43
2,647
23,361
20,830
12,611
5,135
2,013

66,640

Sales


1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

Total
Australia

643
4,413
1,643
1,089
1,321
678

9,787
New Zealand

-
258
115
35
15
17

440
South East Asia

?
?
?
?
?
?

120

Price List


SA Capri
SA Capri
SA Capri, Series II
SA Capri, Series II
SC Capri
SC Capri
SC Capri
SC Capri
SE Capri
SE Capri
SE Capri
SE Capri
SE Capri

Option
Option
When Released

October 1989
October 1989
October 1990
October 1990
April 1992
April 1992
July 1992
November 1992
August 1993
August 1993
August 1993
August 1993
August 1993

As at 1990 Prices
As at 1990 Prices
Model

Capri 2D Convertible
Capri Turbo 2D Convertible
Capri 2D Convertible
Capri Turbo 2D Convertible
Capri XR2 2D Convertible
Capri XR2 Turbo 2D Convertible
Capri Clubsprint Turbo 2D Convertible
Capri Barchetta 2D Convertible
Capri Barchetta 2D Convertible
Capri XR2 2D Convertible
Capri XR2 Turbo 2D Convertible
Capri Clubsprint 2D Convertible
Capri Clubsprint Turbo 2D Convertible

Hardtop
Air Conditioning
New Price

$24243 aud
$27407 aud
$27314 aud
$29396 aud
$25921 aud
$27438 aud
$31550 aud
$24103 aud
$25787 aud
$28591 aud
$29191 aud
$31610 aud
$33865 aud

$1900 aud
$1550 aud