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1985 Mercury Capri

Hatchback Car for sale by Streetside Classics - Dallas-Ft Worth in Fort Worth, Texas 76137

$26,995

Classic Car Overview

Classic Car Overview

1985 Mercury Capri $26,995

Fort Worth, TX Black · 5.0L HO V8 · 92,056 miles
The 1985 Mercury Capri ASC McLaren was an experiment to see if American muscle could be polished to compete with European 2-seaters like the Mercedes SL. Powered by the legendary Ford 5.0, this is a nicely preserved example of one of the more interesting footnotes in the Mustang/Capris long, illustrious history and a downright fun car to drive.

The Capri DNA is quite evident, but the extensive modifications to the bodywork really do make it a unique car. The most notable change was the complete removal of the back seat, along with a special air dam that gives the Capri an altogether more aggressive look. Thanks to a fresh paint job, this car looks absolutely spectacular, with a deep two-stage urethane shine that makes this car seem like it should cost far more than it does. And since it was virtually hand-built by the guys up at ASC, the build quality is quite impressive, particularly compared to many of its peers. Out back, it does without a spoiler and with those big Capri taillights, its a lot more attractive than a comparable Mustang ragtop. And you will note that the Mercury badges have been neatly (and intentionally) removed; this is not merely a Capri. Given the unusual look, the fact that few people have seen a stock Capri (never mind one with a top that goes down), you should be prepared for a lot of questions any time you show up in this striking black 2-seater.

The interior is perhaps the McLarens most dramatic feature. First of all, the back seat is gone, replaced by a Mercedes-style package shelf thats actually pretty handy for running errands around town. The Recaro buckets are upholstered in high-grade tan leatherette and are every bit as comfortable as they look. The center console almost looks like a factory Capri piece, but is just different enough to make even experts do a double-take. The rest, of course, is standard Capri fare, including the highly legible gauges and well-designed switchgear. Standard features include power windows and locks, A/C, and a fantastic AM/FM/CD stereo. Seeing as ASC specializes in convertible conversions for the OEMs, it should be no surprise that theres a snug-fitting black canvas top that stows easily under the flush-fitting rear deck and offers a very Mercedes-like rear window treatment that is surely no coincidence. Better yet, trunk space is unaffected, so theres a surprising amount of storage space.

Power comes from the Mustang GTs 5.0-liter V8, which made a robust 180 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. Its legendary, so Im sure I dont need to get into the specifics, but its remarkable to see a completely stock and unmodified 5.0 that hasnt been heavily modified and raced. Everything is pretty much the way the factory intended, so it starts easily and runs beautifully and has a nice burble from the throaty dual exhaust. A 5-speed manual transmission makes for easy around-town driving and with the tall overdrive, the freshly-installed 3.55 gears in a fresh 8.8-inch axle with limited slip mean that it still loafs along on the highway. And yes, the undercarriage is every bit as clean as youd expect, with almost $1000 just spent on a brake service and new front tires. Speaking of tires, theyre bigger than stock, with 245/40/17s up front and 275/40/17 in back on a set of custom 17-inch wheels.

One of only 460 Mclaren Capris built in 1985, this is surely one of the very best. Hailing from long-term ownership and with receipts and maintenance records, its a car you can buy with confidence. Call today!

1985 Mercury Capri Specifications

  • VIN

    1MEBP79M4FF616159
  • Classic Car ID

    100904817
  • Stock Number

    2533-DFW
  • Category

    American Classics
  • Condition

    N/A
  • Trim Body Style

  • Bodystyle

    Hatchback
  • Doors

    N/A
  • Suspension

  • Suspension

    N/A
  • Engine

  • Engine

    5.0L HO V8
  • Drivetrain

    N/A
  • Transmission

  • Transmission

    5 Speed Manual
  • Exterior

  • Exterior Color

    Black
  • Custom Exterior Color

    N/A
  • Interior

  • Interior Color

    Beige
  • Seat Color

    N/A

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