Ford Capri with Euro-Only V6 Makes Us Long for Summer
Owner and photographer: Ron de Haer
Location: Doetinchem, The Netherlands
Year, Make, and Model: 1971 Ford Capri GT 2000 XLR
Mr. Ron de Haer, whose art we’ve previously featured here, is the proud owner of this original 1971 Ford Capri GT 2000 XLR V6. He purchased it almost nine years ago from the original owner, his friend’s dad who wasn’t driving it any longer. His friend “had no interest in the car” and casually showed it to Ron, who was instantly “hooked.” He made an offer and bought the Capri on the spot.
The Ford Capri was built in Europe and imported to the US in large numbers, as a Mercury. However, Ron’s example carries a two-liter V6 that was not available in the US version. He happily spotted an American example while on vacation last year in Los Angeles (they’re not common here, but can be found).
Ron’s car has not been restored and it was bought as it currently appears. Nowadays, the car sees use limited to pleasant summer days with windows rolled down and the V6 cranked up. And if it’s not out cruising The Netherland’s back roads or at a local show, it’s tucked away in the garage maintaining its original, good looks.
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