6. Ford Capri RS 3100
The success of the Mustang was influential and inspired most American brands to offer a pony car of their own. However, even in Europe, the Mustang was popular and common. But Ford wanted to explore the market further with a smaller, European version. And this is how the Ford Capri came to be in 1969.
Ford designed the Capri in the UK, so it was a European Mustang in every way. Using “long hood-short deck” formula and semi-fastback styling, the Capri looked great and had a fantastic stance. Even though they based it on the standard Cortina floor plan using the same engines, the Capri looked like thoroughbred sports or muscle car.
In fact, people often confused it with a U.S.-built Ford. However, most Capris came with diminutive four-cylinder engines. Even the six-cylinder versions were not that powerful or fast. So, in 1971, Ford UK introduced a limited edition Capri they called the RS 3100.
It had a 3.1-liter straight-six engine with 145 HP. So this car could sprint up to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds. Along with the rear spoiler, unique wheels and graphics, the RS 3100 was a real looker and a highly sought-after British muscle car.