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Series of events planned to mark 40 years of the Capri

Ford fans are gearing up for a series of special events to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic Capri.

Born in 1969, the Capri was made until 1986 and in that time nearly two million were sold.

It was marketed as "The car you always promised yourself" and was seen as Europe’s answer to the Ford Mustang.

It was launched with a range boasting 26 derivatives, and with a mixture of engines – 1.3, 1.6, 2.0, and a 3-litre V6. There was also the Cologne-built RS2600 and the short-lived Halewood-built 124mph RS3100.

In 1981 the newly-formed Special Vehicle Engineering department launched its first project, the 160bhp Capri 2.8 injection.

To celebrate four decades of the Capri there will be a number of celebrations across the UK.

Confirmed meets are Castle Combe, Wiltshire (6 June), Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire (30 August), Ace Café in London (5 September) and Brooklands Museum, Surrey (26 September).

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