1973 Ford Capri by Jerry LaCoss
Retirement sounds boring and possibly depressing, but not if you’re this guy. Jerry LaCoss used the first few years of his retirement to come up with this deliciously appealing 1973 Ford Capri. The hot rod enthusiast went for a strange choice, one that I appreciate; the Capri was kind of the European Mustang of its era and had a ton of potential – still does. I can’t believe they haven’t revived it yet!
With a lifespan that ran from 1969 through 1986, there were plenty of them sold, although most of them died by rust or deadly crashes. It’s a rare treat to come across a Capri in the States, and often the appearance of one gets people daydreaming. This inexpensive, sporty family compact car was one of the first coupes that offered sporty performance as well as enough space for a young family.
So, it was spacious, the guy had the time and the money, but not the car – until an ex-drag-car Capri popped up in Ohio; it looked great, and it was in need of some serious upgrades. Everything was stripped, every bolt was taken off the original car, and except for the firewall and driveshaft tunnel – which had to be rebuilt – everything was media blasted, coated and prepped. Fabricator Bret Loibl joined in on the project, with the wizards at Cooter Bodyworks handling the unique and incredible exterior. The wheel wells went on to be enlarged for extra clearance, the air vents were filled, Mustang side vents were installed, and a new front bumper was hand-built – as were the rear bumper and rear lower valance.
Various fiberglass body components now cover up this Capri, with Team Blitz fender flares, hood, rear decklid, rear spoiler, and front air dam having been installed. A complete media center, featuring a Kenwood head unit, Infinity speakers, and backup camera is what the entertainment section inside the cabin is comprised of. Vintage Air and cruise control are also onboard; gotta love it! I’ve saved the best for last: the engine bay hides a V8 engine, one that’s bound to deliver some serious thrills and an excitement soundtrack – worthy of the menacing European car. Is this 1973 Ford Capri by Jerry LaCoss totally awesome, or what?