Always a pleasure, spotting something special -to Dutch eyes- that has been here its entire life. August 1, 1980, is this Merc’s first date of registration. I saw plenty of Fox body Mustangs over the years, but a Capri not by Ford Europe? A true exotic!
Most likely, this Mercury was imported into the Netherlands and sold by Hessing De Bilt, a major Dutch importer and dealership of US-cars in those days.
A hatch often comes with a hitch. This 42 years old US-Capri is no exception to the rule.
A 1980 Hessing De Bilt ad (courtesy of hessingdebilt.nl – advertenties). Gasoline consumption 1:12.4 as headline. Second Oil Crisis, you know.
Reading further, that was the EPA-fuel economy rating of a Mercury Capri with the 3.3 liter inline-six, rolling down the road at 90 km/h. If I did all conversions correctly, that’s 29 mpg at a constant speed of 56 mph.
The tidy Capri on display does have a six-cylinder engine, by the way. Its displacement is not registered.
You must have noticed it’s sitting in a sea of other old rides. As you’ll understand, there’s much more to come.