The Australian built Ford/Mercury Capri was listed in the Detroit Free Press article "10 most significant cars and 5 worth forgetting"...alas the car was listed under the 5 worth forgetting section...
1991 Mercury Capri
It seemed like such a good idea at the time: Have renowned Italian design houses Ghia and ItalDesign create a little convertible, use Mazda parts for quality and build it in Australia to keep it affordable.
The best-laid plans . . .
The front-wheel drive Capri was repeatedly delayed within Ford, eventually hitting the market about the same time as the vastly superior and more attractive Mazda Miata.
"It was almost free of redeeming qualities," said David C. Smith, editor-at-large of Ward's Auto World magazine. "It had absolutely no curb appeal."
In addition to a design that had grown old before the car ever went on sale, the Capri was burdened by quality problems.
"Ours was in the shop all the time, and it was no fun to drive when it was running," Markus said.
Ford killed the car in February 1994.