Ford Capri RS 3100
The success of the Mustang was influential. It inspired most American brands to offer a pony car model 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. And that is how the Ford Capri came to be in 1969.
Designed in the UK, the Capri was a European Mustang in every way. Using the “long hood-short deck” formula and semi-fastback styling, the Capri looked great and had a fantastic stance. Even though they based it on a standard Cortina floorpan with the same engines, the Capri looked like a thoroughbred sport/muscle car.
In fact, people often confused the Capri RS 3100 for a U.S.-built Ford. However, most Capris came with a diminutive five or six-cylinder engine. Sadly, 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 delivering 145 HP. And it could sprint up to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds. Along with a rear spoiler, unique wheels and graphics, the RS 3100 was a real looker. And to this day, it is a highly sought after British muscle car.