1974 Ford Capri
Owner: Dane Withers
Location: New Milton, Southern England
Year, Make, and Model: 1974 Ford Capri
Dane Withers is only 21 years of age and has already owned several different Ford Capris. In fact, he purchased his first one at the age of 19 before he’d ever even had a driving lesson. His love for Capris started when he was only five years old when every Saturday morning he walked with his grandfather down to a small garage to go for a ride in his grandfather’s white 2.8 injection Capri. These weekly drives solidified his love for Capris, and since this time, he has always enjoyed their shape and beauty, especially their long hood and aggressive stance.
This particular Capri is his earliest model and is a MkII 1600. He loves everything about the car: the smell of the leather interior and of the fuel when driving, and the way the hood looks in front of him when he’s at the wheel are only a few of his favorite parts of the car. Dane looks after this car as he would a child, but he also believes cars are built to be driven, so he loves to have fun in it. His favorite place to take this Capri is to the New Forest National Park, located a mere ten-minute drive from his house, and through the cities late at night. Dane says that he can go on either a ten-minute drive or a two-hour one—he relishes any time spent driving this car. One of his favorite things to do is to drive up to a lookout and just enjoy the view.
He’s currently in the process of getting another Capri (a 2.9 Cosworth V6), but his ultimate aspiration is to someday own a Mustang and work in a car body shop. We truly hope his dream comes true—in the meantime, we’ll enjoy his ’74 Capri.
Photography by Dane Withers and Sam Knight
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