Ford Capri GT1600

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Ford Capri

Ford Capri GT 1600

1969 - 1970
Country:
United Kingdom
Engine:
4 cyl.
Capacity:
1599 cc
Power:
93bhp @ 6000rpm
Transmission:
Manual or Auto
Top Speed:
165-180 km/h
Collectability:
3 star
Ford Capri

The Ford Capri was released in Australia on 3rd May, 1969 and was initially available only as a 1600 Deluxe or a 1600 GT.

The first Capri's were actually assembled in March 1969, with eight 1600 Deluxe manuals, one 1600 Deluxe auto and one 1600 GT being produced.

For the launch in May, Ford built a further 216 in April and then another 380 in May. In February 1970, the 1600 GT was dropped in favour of the more powerful 3000 GT V6 model.

Best of all, the purchaser could add items to make their Capri truly a one-of-a-kind, and as one of the advertising slogans suggested, "Make your Capri what you want it to be".

A complete list of options included T-Bar automatic, Vinyl Roof, Long Range Driving Lights, Tinted/Laminated Windscreen, Sports Road Wheels, Full-styled Wheel Covers, Sports Steering Wheel, Nylon-weave Seat Trim, Centre Sports Console - including Electric Clock, Exterior Racing mirrors, Long Range Radio and 165 x 13 radial tires on 5-inch wide road wheels.

    Capri GT 1600 Engine Specifications:


  • Engine Type: 4 cylinder in-line formation, OHV Crossflow
  • BHP: 98bhp @ 6000rpm
  • Torque: 101 lb ft @ 4000rpm
  • Bore & Stroke: 80.98mm x 77.62mm / 3.19in x 3.06in
  • Displacement: 1599cc / 97.6cu in
  • Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
  • Carburettion: Weber two barrel down draught
  • Wheels and Tires: 4 1/2-inch wide safety-rim wheels with performance rated 6.00 x 13 tires are standard, 5-inch wide wheels with 165/13 radial ply tires were standard on GTs and optional on XLs.
  • Gear Ratios:
    Manual Transmission, 1st - 2.97:1; 2nd - 2.01:1; 3rd - 1.39:1; 4th - 1.00:1; Reverse - 3.32:1
    Borg Warner 35 three speed automatic, 1st - 2.393:1, 2nd - 1.450:1, 3rd - 1.00:1, Reverse - 2.094:1

Known prices for the Australian 1600GT models ranged as follows:

MODEL MONTH / YEAR NEW PRICE
1600 GT Manual August 1969 AUD $2,950
1600 GT Auto August 1969 AUD $3,210

Australian Capri 1600GT Production:

TYPE 1969 1970 1971 1972 TOTALS
GT 1600 Manual 1,690 3 - - 1,693
GT 1600 Auto 525 - - - 525
TOTALS 2215 3 - - 2218

Notes:

  1. All Capri’s were assembled from UK-sourced knockdown kits at Fords Homebush Plant in Sydney, NSW.
  2. The first Capri’s were assembled in March, 1969, with eight Deluxe 1600 manuals, one Deluxe 1600 auto and one 1600 GT being produced.
  3. For the launch in May, Ford built a further 216 in April and then 380 in May.
  4. Production of all Capri models ceased in November 1972, though some were still being sold into 1973

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