The success of the Ford Mustang made it highly influential, inspiring American car brands to offer a pony car of their own. Even in Europe, the Mustang was popular and common. However, Ford wanted to explore the market further with a smaller European version. That’s how the Capri came to be in 1969.
Designed in the UK, the Capri was a European Mustang in every way. The Capri looked great with the “long hood-short deck” formula and semi-fastback styling. Although they based it on the standard Cortina and used the same engine, the Capri looked like a thoroughbred muscle car. Most people thought it was a U.S.-built Ford. However, most Capris had diminutive four-cylinder engines. Even six-cylinder versions were not that powerful, even for a fastback (via Auto Express).