• Jun 25th 2010 at 11:31AM
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1986 Mercury Capri RS 5.0 – Click above for high-res image gallery

With the Mercury brand set to be confined to the dustbin of history in the next few months, is it worth considering investing in a classic example? We're certainly not going tell you how to spend your money, but today's eBay find might be worthy of consideration. Or not.

Over the course of three decades, the soon-to-be-defunct brand offered three distinctly different versions of the Capri. The original was a compact rear-wheel-drive coupe designed and built in Germany while the last was a Mazda 323-based convertible from Australia.

The second generation example being offered for sale is likely the cleanest, lowest mileage Fox-body car remaining on the planet. Why someone would preserve a 1986 Capri RS 5.0 with only 2,000 miles is a bit of a mystery, but there it is nonetheless. The RS was a mildly restyled version of the Mustang GT and arguably more attractive than the Ford. 1986 was both the first year for the new 200 horsepower fuel-injected 5.0-liter V8 and the last year of production for the Fox-body Capri.

When the Mustang got a refresh for 1987, the Capri was left on the cutting room floor.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still has the original window sticker? Rock on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember wanting 200 hp, but worrying that it may be too much to handle. That much power in the 80's was like 400 hp today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crack pipe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Arguably more attractive than the mustang?
      Not with that bubble rear hatch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love time machines like these. A guy in my neighborhood when I was growing up had a grey Capri 5.0 and I always was fond of it.

      Axle and sway bar are rusted pretty badly for being kept in a garage for so long. Must have been the most humid garage ever...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pretty good looking fox body. I remember when I was younger seeing one and not knowing what it was. Always thought it was funny how it had Cougar logos on it, but back then that was Mercury's logo before they got the awkward bend logo on the Topaz and Sable... still don't understand what it is.

        Definatly looks more agressive than the 85 Mustang
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a few notes:

      1> My California neighbors may not realize that the light rust on the unprotected rear axle is normal and almost unavoidable for any '80's north-midwestern vehicle, even if you washed the underside religiously like I did. The salt on the roads doesn't really wash away until April/May and returns in October. In Illinois, a car guy might say it has "a nice even layer of clean surface rust--look, no flaking yet." A wire brush on a drill and a heavy coat of zinc primer would work wonders.

      2>The side sail panels on the rear windows with the faux vents were a much nicer styling touch than the plane triangle of glass on the Mustang GT. The nicely flared fenders, deep chin spoiler, blunt rectangular grille with rounded corners, and square hood bulge with vents gave this car one of the best front-end designs of the many quad-rectangular headlight cars from the early '80's, almost in spite of the stranger rear design, which grew on me just for being unique. Overall, it still exudes an understated strength, even though it’s just a Fox body.

      3>While mine was in a state of engine repair, someone offered me $600 for each front fender and $2000 for the glass bubble hatch. Nuts! I said “no.”

      4>The hatchback and fold-down rear seats, just like any Fox body Mustang, meant you could carry a tall 5-drawer chest, a closet full of junk, or just lay back with your girlfriend to, ehem, watch the stars. ;) It was like a small pick-up bed.

      Personal note:

      This brings back fond memories for me. I had an '83 Mercury Capri RS "Crimson Cat" Edition through most of college in the '90's. Originally my uncle's car, it was in phenomenally good shape and caught everyone's attention at Mustang car shows. People would see the glass bubble hatch and say, "What's that?" That you could swap any Mustang performance parts and still have a very unique ride made it even more enjoyable. Mine seemed to be the only example on the NW side of Chicago for years.

      I took a break from school and was in the middle of swapping out the 80k-mile 3.8L V6 for a very low mileage '89 5.0L roller cam Mustang V8 when someone broke into the garage and stole most of the disassembled engine. It was a blessing in disguise--I decided to finish college and get my degree instead. I'm glad I did, but I still look back on my old Capri as a key part of my journey.

      If I had a few million burning a hole in my pocket I would buy this just for nostalgia, along with an exotic car or two, and park this out front just to piss off the neighbors. The few that would stop by to say “Cool car” would be invited over for beer and steaks on the grill.

      • 3 Years Ago
      How much for the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      200 hp from 5Ls? How far we've come.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rollin' (back my ODO) in my 5.0
      • 5 Years Ago
      20 horsepower?


      Come on, Autoblog - do just a wee bit of proofreading, eh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is autoblog, not English class. Look at your keyboard, the - is next to the 0. Use common sense.

        Don't post corrections. Post comments about the car.

        So because this is AUTOBLOG and not english class, I'd like to say that I never knew that this car existed. It does look better than the Mustang from 86.
        • 5 Years Ago

        No, Geekengineer is right. The quality of journalism is really lacking at times on AOL blogs.

        Advertisers are paying money and they should expect a product that is a little better than grade school writing.

        Just because we live in a functionally illiterate, sound bite, YouTube generation doesn't make it acceptable to ignore the basics of the English language.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I always thought the Capri was better looking than the Mustang, especially RS vs GT, EXCEPT for that awful bubble-back they added late in their run.

      BTW: that is not the original sticker- it has the modern Mercury "waterfall" logo on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would have been the time when Mercury changed it's logo.

        Earlier 80s, it would have been the cat profile logo, but they changed it to the waterfall logo about the time that the first generation Ford Taurus, and Mercury Sable came out, which would have been about then.

        The capri itself, at the end of it's run wouldn't have prominent waterfall logos on the car, but printed paperwork for 1986 might have had the new branding.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a nice car.

      The only things better would be a T-roof version, or ASC McLaren version, which were rarer.

      But it is a fuel-injected model, and the last model year of the Fox Capri. And a very nice example.

      My dad had a fox capri when I was a young kid, but it was a 79 I4, and long since gone.

      If only Mercury had gotten a more modern looking version of the 05-current Mustang...
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