When it comes to compact Fords, Europeans have always gotten all the good ones. There have been a few Euro spec Fords to make it to our shores though. This German-built 1980 Ford Fiesta Ghia isn’t the best looking hatchback, but it offered practicality and fun on the cheap. The seller has two of them and a number of extra parts that they are offering as a package deal here on eBay. They are located in Donalds, South Carolina and bidding starts at $500. Have a look and let us know if you think there is anything worth saving. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!
While the 1.6 liter straight-four in this Fiesta was rebuilt less than 2000 miles ago, it suffered serious damage in a front end collision, so the car is no longer running. Thankfully, the seller has a complete parts car and between the two it should be possible to build one complete runner. The spares should also come in handy, especially considering how difficult it’s getting to find parts for these here in the States.
When VW introduced the Golf, aka Rabbit, to the U.S. market, it didn’t take long for Ford to realize there was a demand for compact economy cars in the States. To capitalize on this new market, they knew they needed a Golf competitor right away, so they quickly modified the German built Fiesta to meet crash and emission standards and then shoved the 1.6 liter Kent four under the hood. Sadly, they only imported them for three years before replacing it with the Escort. With a 1,700 pound curb weight, the base model could easily take on the Golf and in S form was a formidable opponent for the GTI.
We wouldn’t want to invest much money into restoring one of these, but if the bidding doesn’t go crazy, this could make for a fun project. Just be sure your good with a cutting torch and a welder. Hopefully, someone will save these cars from further decay, but it’s going to take a lot of love, nostalgia, or both. Although the more we learn about them, the more LeMons potential we are seeing.