Often referred to as the European cousin of the Ford Mustang, the Ford Capri has long been a popular vehicle to modify and race in a variety of motorsports across the world. But as is the case with most race cars, a lot of these old Capris are beaten down and used up after a hard life, many winding up as nothing more than a pile of spare parts. That isn’t the case with this 1973 Ford Capri owned by Jerry LaCoss, however, as he treated it to a luxurious restomod makeover after its days of drag racing were over.
LaCoss spent two years giving the 1973 Ford Capri a total makeover, inspired by a 1972 Capri he purchased many years ago when he used it as a family hauler. He’s always appreciated the model’s European styling and interesting history, so he knew exactly what he wanted to do with this one, which LaCoss purchased as a stripped-out shell from a friend.
The Lincoln Continental has been a part of some of the most impactful moments in American history and has also made its mark on film and television over the past several decades. Though it will soon depart the Lincoln lineup once again, there are plenty of great models to look back on. Take this beautiful 1973 Lincoln Continental Coupe, for example. It has all the panache we’d expect from an early 70s luxury barge, and it’s now headed to find a new owner at Mecum’s Dallas auctions in October.
This cream-white Continental has a 460 cubic-inch V8 under the hood and has only traveled 88,000 miles during tis 47-year lifespan. The original black leather interior looks to be in good shape and the car is equipped with several factory options, including air conditioning, power seats, and power windows. Even the details on this Continental are solid, like the working factory clock on the dash.
1973 marked a major turning point in the auto industry. It was a year marred by an unprecedented oil crisis that forced Americans to rethink their definition of a car. Automakers were implementing drastic changes as executives worried about the cost of meeting rumored fuel economy standards that were to be enforced nationally. Fuel prices were going up, shortages were increasingly common, and motorists were flocking to smaller vehicles. It’s in this grim context that Ford started developing the Fox platform.
The events of 1973 didn’t fully take Ford by surprise. Documents published internally in 1977 explain its executives noticed “spot shortages of gasoline,” both by oil company and by area, as early as 1972. It made two significant decisions that year: It formed a small, management-level committee to discuss what a worldwide fuel shortage would mean for its business, and it created its Product Planning and Research (PPR) division, which was tasked with mapping out Ford’s long-term global product range.
1973 International Scout II is as sweet as the memories it rekindles
One of Joe Kahn’s earliest memories of his late grandfather, Joe March, was riding on Grandpa Joe’s lap while he drove. “I was probably 3 or 4 years old at the time,” recalls Kahn with a chuckle. “He’d let me steer and he’d work the pedals and we’d be driving around the streets of Chicago — that’s where he lived. I can still remember it.”
And it wasn’t just the trips that Kahn remembers fondly. It’s also the vehicle that they were taken in — an International Scout. “I think my grandfather only had it for probably a couple years, then he got rid of it,” Kahn says.
But the truck made a lasting impression on Kahn, a Lindenhurst, Ill., resident. The happy memories led him to venture to a collector car auction three years ago in hopes of landing his own Scout, and he wound up coming home with a glorious baby blue 1973 Scout II Traveltop that fills his garage with nostalgia and happy vibes.
This 1973 Ford Mustang was built to race in the Trans Am series, with a heavy duty tubular frame developed by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 veterans at Kar Kraft, a highly modified Windsor 351 V8 built by Jack Roush, a close-ratio 4-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter, and a 4.11:1 locked differential.
From a historic perspective this car is quite significant, it’s one of the very last chassis Kar Kraft designed prior to Ford terminating their factory-supported racing program.
KAR KRAFT – FORD’S UNOFFICIAL SKUNKWORKS DIVISION
Although Kar Kraft was technically an independent company, they were essentially a de facto Ford racing division. When Ford’s plan to buy Ferrari fell apart at the last minute they decided to take the fight to the Maranello racing and sports car manufacturer by challenging them at the most important race in Europe – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It was consistency, not race wins, that carried Benny Parsons to the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. The story of the season’s last race, where Parsons wrapped up his sole NASCAR Cup title, is the stuff of legend, and on January 12, 2019, the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna that propelled him to victory will cross the auction stage as part of Mecum’s Kissimmee sale.