Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1980 Ford Fiesta

Like yesterday's Subaru, this is a car that spent its life at a vacation home. It has more miles on it than the Subaru, but that makes sense. A Ford Fiesta is a blast to drive. As I mentioned in a Fiesta post I wrote in 2010, I once worked with a guy who owned a TR6, a BMW 2002tii and a Ford Fiesta S. The car he loved to drive the most was the Fiesta.

The Fiesta body was designed by Tom Tjaarda while he was at Ghia. (Along with many, many other cars, Tjaarda also designed the De Tomaso Pantera, Qvale Mangusta and, one of my favorites, the Laforza SUV.)

Manufactured in Germany and Great Britain, the Fiesta was a worldwide success for Ford

The Fiesta we received in North America was built in Germany. It came with a 1.6 liter version of Ford's 4 cylinder "Kent" engine. Ford, like many car companies in the era of the 55 MPH speed limit, posted 0-50 performance figures. Ford claimed the Fiesta got to 50 in 8.8 seconds. If true, it's not too tough to believe that it hit 60 in 10.1 seconds, like its European counterparts did. That would make it a full second quicker than the same year VW Rabbit and Honda Civic.

This Fiesta has just 28,379 miles on it. It is not a "buy it and drive it" car, however. It needs some floorboard repair and a few other minor repairs. The seller is including some parts with the car, including the patch panels for the floor. (If you purchase this car, buy some new wheels for it. The original steel wheels look cheap. The guy I knew who had the Fiesta put some Minilites on his. They looked incredible.)

This is one of those cars that, when restored, would not only get attention at a European car show, but would be great to drive on the weekends, just for the fun of it. (It will certainly attract attention with its oh-so-1980s bright green paint.)

Located in Mason, WI, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to John ("Harv") for sending me the link to this car! (John's first car was a Fiesta.)

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