1952 to 1959
Body versions :
Saloon , Coupé ,Cabriolet
Gasoline 5.2-7.0 liters
The Lincoln Capri was a car model from the 1950s that was manufactured in the USA by Lincoln the model years over 3 build generations 1952 to 1959 In this case no relation to the Ford capri from Europe.
In 1952, the Capri replaced the Cosmopolitan - which, however, was still manufactured - as the top model. The fresher styled vehicles were available as a 4-door sedan, a hardtop coupe and a convertible with 2 doors each. Like its sister models, the Capri had an overhead V8 engine with 5201 cc, the 118 kW (160 bhp) at 3900 / min. developed. The engine power was transmitted via a "Hydramatic" automatic transmission to the rear wheels. While the bodies remain the same in the following year, the engine of the same size now develops 151 kW (205 bhp).
In 1954, the vehicles had increased in size and weight; they were about 25 mm longer and 25 mm wider. There was a large chrome-plated metal V under the Lincoln emblem on the hood. The engine remained the same. In 1955, the styling was slightly revised: The grille lost its chrome crossbar. There was a larger engine: From 5588 cc he drew 165 kW (225 bhp) at 4400 / min.
1956 was a major facelift: The vertical chrome bar in the radiator grille returned and the headlights were fashionable barges. The side moldings formed a Z in the area of the rear doors. Again a larger engine was installed, which drew from 6030 cm³ 210 KW (285 bhp). The convertible accounted for. At the same time, the sales figures (see below) fell dramatically. The power steering - previously often chosen special equipment - was now standard.
In the next model year, the rear of the car was changed by gigantic, obliquely rear tail fins . At the front, additional headlights were added below the main headlights and the radiator grille was a bit simpler. The side moldings were again essentially straight, only in the area of the rear bumper they formed a small V. To the remaining two body shapes came a 4-door hardtop sedan. The power of the otherwise unchanged engine increased to 221 kW (300 bhp).
In 1958, the bodies were completely redesigned. The front showed a wide and high grille with many small rectangles, flanked by slanted double headlights. The significantly longer and heavier cars had now also behind - as already since 1957 front - a panoramic window . The new design also matched the larger engine with 7046 cc displacement and Holley four-carburettor. This developed 276 kW (375 bhp) at 4800 rpm.
In 1959, the last year of the Capri, the "arms race" came to an end: the cars were 50 mm shorter and the engine power 25 bhp lower. Stylistically, little changed. In the following year, the new Continental Mk. V replaced the Capri as the top model.
Engines: Gasoline V8 5.2 to 7.0 liters (118-151 kW)
Length: 5436-5817 mm
Width: 1971 mm
Height: 1592 mm
Wheelbase: 3327 mm
Curb weight: 1875-2279 kg
Previous model: Cosmopolitan