Blog: Seeing things from the other side of the fence


I’VE been spending a delightful few days behind the wheel of the final production Capri ever built, as owned by the Ford Heritage Collection. I have to say that it has been an eye-opening experience given the fact that to me, Capris were always part of the ‘opposition’, and therefore, looked down our noses at. It’s true to say that it’s a taste of the simple life, with wayward handling and bags of good old fashioned power delivered in a good old fashioned manner.

You’ll never cross country quickly in it, and the first sight of rain had me praying for a miracle, as I waited to reverse the poor thing into the nearest fence. But as it happened, I’ve been driving it for five days now, and I’ve not yet crashed it – so perhaps there’s hope yet. Compared with a TR7, it feels homespun and seriously overpowered, and the interior is an object lesson in 1970s design school form-over-function thinking. Can I see the fuel or temperature gauges while I’m driving it? Can I heck…

But despite all that, I can’t help but find this car interesting, fun, and a great way of putting a smile on my face. Yes, it was icy this morning, and a couple of times it tried pretty hard to land me in a ditch, but that just had me wired long before I made it into the office… and ready for the challenge of the day ahead. Would I have one? Probably not – despite being an immensely enjoyable drive, I reckon the novelty is going to wear off pretty quickly in the end – and then I’d be left with a car that would be as high maintenance as an Internet bride.

I’ll leave the Capri love for other people, I’m afraid.

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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