Mystery Car

It’s nearing the end of July which I assume means we’re getting close to the dog days of summer. I sure hope so because I really like dogs. I guess a lot of people do too as there sure are a lot of dog references when it comes to the weather. In addition to being used to describe the hot doldrums of summer there’s three-dog night to describe the cold, and of course raining cats and dogs to let people know just how wet they might get.
I don’t know what all that has to do with this week’s Mystery Car, other than that I hope you doggedly attempt to solve it. When you do, be sure to provide both the make and model. Good boy.
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  1. mad_science Avatar

    It’s from somewhere between 77 and about 87, probably of Japanese or European origin.

  2. Cameron Vanderhorst Avatar
    Cameron Vanderhorst

    It looks old and Japanese, and I’m sure I will fall head over heels for whatever it ends up actually being.

  3. tonyola Avatar

    1985+ Reliant Scimitar?

  4. salguod Avatar

    I’m going to say a MK1 Fiesta (Edit: It looks like the MK1 & MK2 bodies are the same, could be either.) with add on fender flares. Stock was a Kent straight 4 of 1 to 1.6 liters. If it’s this one, then it’s a mid-engine conversion, but I’m not sure what engine.
    ST170 Fiesta

    1. Alff Avatar

      Well done. Did you recognize that character line?

      1. salguod Avatar

        Yep, I immediately thought Fiesta when i say that line. I Googled to verify it and to check the door cut line and one with flares popped up, sealing the deal.

      2. salguod Avatar

        BTW – Is it that car? I couldn’t find a shot that matched the image at top.

        1. Alff Avatar

          I’d bet yes, but only Graverobber knows for sure.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      When I saw that character line, I immediately thought of the Fiesta. A cousin of mine had a silver Ghia, and a friend had a red S model – he managed to break the steering rack loose from its mounts (Oops!) while street racing through his neighborhood.

    3. Rob Emslie Avatar
      Rob Emslie

      Excellent work. next week, something harder!

    4. DavidCulberson Avatar

      That mk1 with the zetec must be quite a beast!

  5. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Where these Ford’s first FWD car in the USA?

    1. Joe Dunlap Avatar
      Joe Dunlap

      To the best of my knowledge they were. I bought a 78 brand new, family car until 85, autocrossed it to death by 92.