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Poised to be a Collector Car: The 1991-94 Mercury Capri Sport Car

Updated on August 26, 2010

You might not agree, but the Ford\Mercury Capri made from 1991-94 in Australia has all the necessary elements. Collector cars need to be 30-35 years old,  so it is a little early, but this car does have a loyal following not only in the USA, but even more so in "down under".

The Capri has a unique history. The body was designed by Italians. The 1.6L engine and all suspension\chassis mechanicals are from the 1988-89 Mazda 323 base model and GT. It was assembled in Australia. Only around 66,000 were made, with the 1994 models being the rarest with only 4000 made. The car was a convertible two seater with a small rear seat that is usable and folds down. The trunk is 8 cu. ft.  Its engine was a twin overhead came that could produce anywhere from 100-132 hp (in the turbo version). It is front wheel drive and the interior is spacious for a small sports car. Brand new, the car cost around $15,000, today, one can find a decent one for $1500-3000. 

When the car came out, most of the reviews of it were very good, yet, the Mazda Miata had just been released also, using, ironically, the same engine! The Miata was simply better at being a sports car, while the Capri satisfied those who wanted a semi-sports car and more room to carry things, which the Capri is much better at.

The Mazda 323 engine and tranny remain great engines and have a long life span of over 200,000 miles when taken cared of.  Because the car was really a Mazda 323 mechanically, owners can still find the parts fairly easily either form Mazda or Mercury\Ford dealers at decent prices. It is also easier to find a mechanic also for the same reason.

With only 66,000 made, as the car moves into its 30-35 yr bracket (in the year 2021), there is little doubt it will become a collectible for many car collectors. Consider this: the Chevy Corvair is considered a collectible car and over 1.4 million were made between 1960-69. By comparison, the Capri will be a car to buy now and save for the future.

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      Kirsty 

      4 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

      Frank T,

      have you checked / replaced the ignition module. Mine would stop whilst running then maybe start if i was lucky. I replaced this part and BINGO! all good.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      I would try googling that symptom, like: engine dies without warning. I wonder if its electrical, maybe the timing is slipping. Sorry. don't kow.

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      Frank T 

      5 years ago

      my 93 merc Capri suddenly have an engine problem: the engine suddenly dies or stop running while in motion--able to start again after a few minutes and dies again. it's been happening more frequent; changed the spark plugs, wire, and fuel filter, air filter, & rotor; but problem persist... --- any advice before I take it to a mechanic??

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      Yes, I know, but they are sooo overpriced it is a crime, IMO.

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      Kathy 

      5 years ago

      Having owned several 1991 - 94' Mercury Capris, I've found that just about any part is readily available by simply going to

      www.ModernCapriParts.biz.

      They are the "Aussie" Capri Specialists only selling 1991-94' Capri parts & accessories.

      To boot, you can shop anytime using their secure web site...the only one of its kind in the world! They're great folks to deal with as well.

      It's cool that they become a collectible classic...I love mine and hope to see them stay on the road! I'm so glad that

      www.moderncapriparts.biz is dedicated to supporting this car!

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      Hmm, not sure where one can be bought. Parts are hard to find, have you tried Mazda since it is a Mazda engine?

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      Jimmy Dell 

      6 years ago

      I have a 91' Capri that needs a TPS(throttle position sensor). I see nos selling for around $400 and used parts that are likely worn as badly as mine for $250. There must be a more reasonable way to cure this. A commonly available TPS costs less than $50. It's an easy fix but no parts.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      I agree Jim, mine has been running well for over a year. the stick is smooth, the thing just hums.

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      Jimmy Dell 

      6 years ago

      Have you noticed that many negative comments come from folks with little personal knowledge of the subject. I had the pleasure of driving a new 1965 Corvair convertible on many long trips.Given the state of the art in 1965 I thought it was a great car. Further it was a venture into uncharted waters for GM, rear engine, air cooled, economy car. In hind-sight a very bold move for them.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      8 years ago

      I guess nader did a number on you. I have a 67 and none of the BS happens if you change the O-rings. The stuff mentioned happens only if the owner fails to maintains it.

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      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Well, the Corvair was a stinky deathtrap that leaked oil, burned oik, and infused oil into the passenger department. It was quirky!

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