Since the historic return of our beloved 5.0, better known as the Coyote, we have witnessed all kinds of cool swaps pop up. From Fox and SN95 Mustangs to street rods and vintage ’Stangs. While anything stuffed with a Coyote engine is pretty cool, sometimes someone builds a swap that just pegs the cool meter. In this case, it also happens to peg the tachometer!
This 1973 European Ford Capri — a popular European equivalent to America’s beloved Mustang — is in the process of combining classic European styling with modern American muscle. The result is one unique, nasty sounding hot rod.
European styling meet America. Vinyl top and all, this 1973 Ford Capri is just plain cool. Talk about a head-turner.
The video above shows the Coyote screaming to what is described as 8,500 RPM — and our ears would have to agree that is pretty accurate. A set of killer Weld Racing drag wheels and the just-right stance make for a wild-looking, one-of-a-kind ride you are sure not to see two of at the local cruise night.
The Cobra Jet-inducted Coyote looks right at home, doesn’t it? Somehow it actually fits under what the owner describes as "a very thin" stock hood.
According to Wikipedia, these cars only weighed between 2,100 to 2,500 pounds from the factory. Add the Coyote with a Cobra Jet intake and this car has no choice but to be scary fast! We hope to follow up again on this Coyote Capri again once it is finished.
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Built from 1968 to 1986 for the European market, Ford produced and sold just shy of two million Capris. The car was also popular in the Australian and Japanese markets as well as South America. A few of the Capris were even sold in the US without the Ford name tag at select Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. They were advertised as "the sexy European." Due to the variety in markets, the Capri's came with multiple engine combinations including everything from a 2.0 Pinto engine to the potent European Essex 3.0 V6. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
While this Coyote-powered Capri is certainly destined for the drag strip, the Capri grew up right at home on the road course and was a popular chassis in Europe back in the ’70s. Pictured on the left is the 1981 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (German Racing Championship) Title-winning car. On the right, popular German race car driver Hans Heyer assaulting the Nürburgring ring in his #9 Capri. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)