Ford Capri 2.8
The Ford Capri's launch back in 1969 was timed perfectly to take advantage of Britain's rejuvenated economy which, after a couple of decades of post-war austerity, had fully enjoyed the swinging sixties. This was a time when the UK had re-established itself as a global centre for fashion, music and art, and Ford's existing line-up of comparably sensible models did little to take advantage of it. So a new car was developed to ride the wave - and nothing could do the job better than a two-door coupe with a sporting silhouette and angular lines like the Capri.
It was an instant hit, satisfying a burgeoning demand for a European Mustang and creating a new breed of stylish coupes that the working man and woman could afford. Against a backdrop of copy and paste designs the Capri looked like a premium product, although what lay beneath its fashionable exterior was actually tried and tested stuff - or, to be frank, old technology borrowed from the Cortina. But it equated to something fun and cool, which is probably what mattered most to those who bought one.