April 7th, 2000 Updated August 1, 2003 - we found a photo!
Capricorn - the car that never was
IN the petrol crisis days of the late '70s and early '80s, Ford was having a few bob each way on the design for the XD Falcon replacement. In a case of bad timing, it had introduced the full-size XD at the same time as Holden had downsized with the new Commodore.
Fords engineers and stylists set about designing a smaller Commodore-sized Falcon in both sedan and hatchback styles.
Code-named Capricorn, the car reached full clay and fibreglass model stage. The interior had been designed and, by late 1981, all it needed was final approval before going to the next stage of driveable prototypes.
At the same time, Ford was revamping the Falcon range of engines and introduced the alloy head and other improvements that kept the Falcons fuel economy on a par with the smaller Commodore. Falcon sales soared, Ford became No.1 in the market place and the Capricorn died!
So what did it look like? No pictures were kept. thanks to Ford corporate philosophy that any still-born project simply ceases to exist and all related materials are destroyed. But more than three years after this article was originally posted, we receive this from a mate...
It's an old pic, but the Ford badge is unmistakeable on something that could have worn any number of badges in the `80s. Wonder what a current Capricorn would look like...
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