This 1987 Ford Fiesta is a true entry-level car. The “C” notation meant it pretty much had steerable front wheels and nothing else; even if the 1.1-litre pushrod Valencia four wasn’t the smallest engine on offer.
It’s been pretty much abandoned next to a gas station just a stone’s throw from the Prelude. At first, it sat on the other side of the bushes on the station’s side, then it was pushed between them and now it’s slowly made it on the other side. It’s sat there for pretty much a year now, and remains surprisingly unmolested for a clearly abandoned car.
The 1983-on Mk2 Fiesta was a development of the older Mk1 model, with a different front section. From the A-pillars back, it was still clearly the same ol’ Fiesta as the 1976 car. The same basic body survived until 1989, and the 1989 car was pretty much the same thing until 2002. It’s clear that Ford milks the last drop out of every Fiesta at a time.
The L plates on the Fiesta denote it as a Lapland car originally. It probably isn’t too rusty anywhere, but it’s possible the drivetrain has crapped out. Or then someone ran out of fuel and couldn’t afford any more at the tanks. There’s a length of tow rope still attached on the front.
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