Introduced about the same time – and with much the same engine – the Mazda MX5 and Australian-built Mercury Capri couldn’t have had more different career arcs. Thing of it is, it didn’t need to be that way. While still FWD, the Fiesta XR2-based 1983 Ghia Barchetta came within a hair’s breadth of becoming a reality. The concept itself is very much real, its 86-bhp kent four and four-speed manual drivetrain fully functioning, and presently in private hands. Poofy hair and sweaters over the shoulders may no longer be in fashion, but this little Barchetta is still a total looker, even now 30 years later.
Image source: [Conceptcar]