Posts Tagged ‘fiesta’

McDonough, Georgia, Part 1 – 1978 Ford Fiesta

May 20, 2016

Unless you live around Atlanta, you probably couldn’t be expected to know where McDonough is. But apparently it’s some kind of cheap-odd-compact-hatch epicenter, as we’ll see today and tomorrow, though not due to any obvious reason like, say, close proximity to Road Atlanta or downtown Atlanta. And while Ford’s Fiesta was not really odd, especially in a European context, it was unusual in the United States, both for its short visit to the North American market and its fun-to-drive approach to being an inexpensive car. The folded paper design also owes a lot to VW’s Rabbit, though the Rabbit was a more substantial car. If you have sporting intentions, though, that works in the Fiesta’s favor. Check out this 1978 Ford Fiesta for sale for $2000 in McDonough, GA.

1978 Ford Fiesta right front

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All Creatures Great & Small – 1968 Ford XL Fastback and 1980 Ford Fiesta

October 20, 2015

People like to make fun of American manufacturers’ products from the late 1970s, but while recognizing there were some real blunders in there, you have to look at what the manufacturers were going through. And for a good idea of that, just look at today’s pair of cars. They’re separated by a mere 12 years (okay, and the Atlantic separated the two product teams), but compare those two to, say, a 2003 Taurus and a 2015 Fiesta and you’ll notice how relatively drastic the transition was. Of course, the situation was uniquely disastrous in the short term – a fuel crisis combined with new safety and emissions controls gave them a repeated clobbering. Check out this 1968 Ford XL for sale for $3600 in Spokane, WA.

1968 Ford XL nose

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Four Hunnerd Bucks – 1980 Ford Fiesta

September 10, 2014

While the RustyButTrusty radar is usually trained squarely on the lower end of the four-figure price range, sometimes it’s possible to find some really neat stuff down at the low three figures. The RustyButTrusty Alfetta was a find in that range, and while it’s since seen significant improvements, it was a great way to get into a usable, unique, if not pretty car. With not a huge amount of work or cost, it developed into a capable event car. For only $150 more, you can take home this 1980 Ford Fiesta for sale for $400 in Morgan Hill, CA.

1980 Ford Fiesta left front

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