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    Quote Originally Posted by The White Mountains View Post
    1978 Ford Fiesta

    Wow, that Fiesta is rare. I think I've only seen 2 in my life.
    I remember seeing the Fiesta back in its day. I didn't realize there were people who bought a 2nd Ford Pinto!

    Then again, the Vega, Monza, & Chevette weren't exactly great cars!

    American car companies really left the door wide open for Toyota & Honda to come here back then.



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    1967 Chevy Corvair
    Folks we have a winner.

    Saw one on the road last week. A convertible if I recall correctly.
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    I've only had one car that wasn't compact, an '04 Monte Carlo.

    I had a 2003 Cavalier and then a 2006 Cobalt, which were OK cars. Reliable and bland.

    I had a 1993 Nissan Sentra for a time. It was super fun to drive, but it didn't have A/C, so I didn't keep it for long. It was in great condition for its age. One of its many previous owners had a thing for Winnie the Pooh. He was hand-painted onto both quarter panels, and the faded tint on the rear window had a faint Pooh shadow where a huge decal must have been for a long time.





    Like a few others here, I had a '96 Metro for a few years. It had 260k miles when I sold it.



    Finally, before I bought my Mirage, I had a 2009 Yaris. It got decent fuel economy, and I loved the interior, but I could never get used to the throttle response, which was both laggy and too sensitive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I remember seeing the Fiesta back in its day. I didn't realize there were people who bought a 2nd Ford Pinto!

    Then again, the Vega, Monza, & Chevette weren't exactly great cars!

    American car companies really left the door wide open for Toyota & Honda to come here back then.
    I bought the Fiesta in the autumn of '78 for $6,000.00 which was a lot of money. It was the top of the line "Ghia Edition". Fully loaded except for alloy wheels. Sport handling package, a/c, sunroof, sport interior, etc. It only came with a 5 speed manual transmission and of course it was front wheel drive. No electric windows, power steering or power brakes. Had the 1.6 liter engine, carburetor of course. Fuel mileage was mid to high 30's. It was my first new car and a blast to drive. A year after I had it, I loaned it to my younger brother, and that evening it was T-Boned by a drunk driver. Thankfully there were no fatalities, but the car was totaled.

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    1, 1972 Austin 1300
    2.1979 Ford Fiesta
    3. 1974 Mini, not the German thing, a proper Mini. Picture below.
    4. Fiat Panda
    5. Mirage.

    Oh, I forgot the Volkswagen up! Good little car with an astonishing 59 bhp 1.0L 3 pot engine that could just tow a roller skate. But it did take me to London a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itschad View Post
    1, 1972 Austin 1300
    2.1979 Ford Fiesta
    3. 1974 Mini, not the German thing, a proper Mini. Picture below.
    Wow that is a nice Mini there itschad. My friend Phil back in highschool had a much worse-shape Mini. Not sure the year of the car. He fixed it up and the car got better over time. No legroom in a Mini for me. My Mirage over 5.5+ years of ownership, my car love and hate it, would be better as a backup car, but so it goes. I need those car payments to stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by dspace9 View Post
    Wow that is a nice Mini there itschad. My friend Phil back in highschool had a much worse-shape Mini. Not sure the year of the car. He fixed it up and the car got better over time. No legroom in a Mini for me. My Mirage over 5.5+ years of ownership, my car love and hate it, would be better as a backup car, but so it goes. I need those car payments to stop
    The original Mini in restored condition is worth a King's ransom now.
    Some over 30.000. Especially the well sorted original Mini Cooper.
    Have a look here, one going for 79.000. wow.
    Oops, forgot to add the link. Just look here
    https://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/mini
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    1977 Austin Mini (not as nice as itschad's tho)
    1987 Honda Civic
    1966 VW Beetle (Under restoration)
    1980(I think) Lada 4 door sedan

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    Quote Originally Posted by The White Mountains View Post
    1978 Ford Fiesta

    Wow, that Fiesta is rare. I think I've only seen 2 in my life.

    Early 80's, my girlfriends dad worked at a Ford dealership and at one point owned 3 first gen Fiesta's (1 for his wife, 1 for each daughter). Great little cars, especially the ghia. He liked the mpg and the ease of working on them. (The mirage hatch reminds me of them). Never left us stranded anywhere. Did manage to put a dent in the hood of my girlfriends Fiesta once, but that's a story for another forum... ah to be young again. Moving on...

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    4. Fiat Panda
    Oh, I forgot the Volkswagen up!

    Cool. I like the first generation Panda. The UP! is pretty cool too but, VW is too smart to attempt selling them in the U.S. They do not even sell the Scirocco here because it would be taking GTI buyers.



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