Of course, I’m partial to the late Seventies American performance hatches, which seem to have largely gone overlooked in the fervor to embrace Eighties and Nineties cars as the next wave of collectibles.
These were the cars that showed how Wangers-era sticker packages didn’t have to be all-show-and-no-go and how performance cars didn’t need to be overwrought, overtestosteroned sledgehammers. And hey, the disco touches are all right by me. Big hair for everybody!So, who am I to judge for the big ol’ Porsche-script spoiler attached to this low-mileage 1979 Mercury Capri Turbo RS for sale on Hemmings.com? A little bit of exuberance never hurt nobody. The four-cylinder might not be everybody’s first choice, but it did power plenty a Pinto pugilist, and it at least has a four-speed behind it. And look at that interior that obviously received some lovin’ recently. Plenty of fun to be had here.From the seller’s description:
The car offered is a rare, first-year 1979 Mercury Capri Turbo RS. It has been in the care of its original owner since new and shows just 15,407 miles. The turbocharged 2.3-liter engine is in fantastic mechanical condition and propels the Capri forward with the same excitement it would have in 1979. It sends power through a 4-speed manual transmission to a limited-slip differential. The car is finished in black paint over a tan interior and features its original pinstriping, decals, and badging specific to the Turbo RS.