This week, for the first time ever, the Ford Mustang was officially offered for sale in Great Britain. That means right-hand drive and all the VAT you can eat. That’s great for England’s pony car fans, but the fact of the matter is that the Mustang is still pretty huge, for not just England’s, but also much of all of Europe’s urban driving environments. Europe did once had their own pony car, and it was sized like everything else in that ancient land, smaller. That car of course was the Capri.
The Ford Capri with which most people are familiar followed the Mustang’s winning formula, only on in ¾ scale. The Mustang was based on Ford USA’s mid-size family car, the Falcon, and similarly the Capri tapped Ford of Europe’s family ride, the Cortina, for its platform donor. In almost every other aspect – long-hood, short deck styling, two+two interior, and sporty intentions, the Capri aped the Mustang in miniature.
That proved hugely successful back in the day, and I think it might do so again. Oh sure, there aren’t any RWD family sedans to poach platforms from, but if the Yanks can build a unique-chassis Mustang, so can the Brits, or more likely, the Germans. But should they? Do you think that the Mustang’s presence overseas makes a smaller pony unnecessary? Or, should it be taken as a sign that the pony car is resurgent, and the Capri too should rejoin the herd?
Image: Honest John Calssics