Most automobiles that make it to astoundingly superior mileage figures have a tendency to fall into one of two types: engineering masterpieces that ended up currently being really hard to eliminate (and obtained a life span of at the very least the most significant routine maintenance objects) or equipment that encouraged unquestioning adore from proprietors inclined to hold opening their wallets for a long time to continue to keep them on the highway. Today’s Junkyard Gem falls into neither of those teams it is really a penny-pinching Ford Festiva, one of the most affordable autos obtainable in its time … and however it cracked the magical 300,000-mile mark right before having discarded.
So, a full of 317,207.3 miles above its nearly 30 several years on the road. We just noticed a discarded 1989 Honda Civic with a mere 308,895 miles on the clock, and this Festiva arrives close to topping this 1993 Honda Civic DX. The highest-mileage junkyard car or truck I have at any time found (continue to keep in intellect that most cars ahead of the middle 1980s had 5-digit odometers, and most autos this century have unreadable-in-the-boneyard digital odometers) is this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E with an remarkable 601,173 miles. This Mercedes-Benz 300D arrived shut, with 535,971 miles. Detroit went to six-digit odometers late in the sport, but this 1986 Olds Calais attained 363,033 miles, and this Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor achieved the 412,013-mile figure thanks to a next career as a taxi.
A Festiva surpassing the 300k mark, though, is not one thing I at any time predicted to see. These cars were bought as low cost, no-frills transportation, period. The MSRP on a foundation-degree Festiva begun at $6,620 in 1991, or about $12,610 in 2020 bucks. Not a lot of cars and trucks could squeeze below that price tag at that time the Subaru Justy could be procured for $5,995, the Hyundai Excel 3-door hatch price tag $6,275, and the Yugo GV (certainly, it could still be acquired new as late as 1991) experienced a hilarious $4,435 price tag tag. Even the lowly Geo Metro, Pontiac LeMans, and Toyota Tercel EZ charge additional than this Festiva.
Even now, this vehicle arrived with snazzy pinstripes, now pale to around-invisibility by the Colorado sun.
You can see the go over plate in the location where by the air-conditioning button would have absent, had the primary customer of this auto been keen to squander cherished bucks on these kinds of frivolity.
5-speed handbook transmission, obviously. You could get an computerized in the Festiva, but any person keen to shell out that form of cash on extras would have been equipped to manage a a lot nicer Tercel EZ.
I really don’t know if this quick block assembly is a Festiva engine or from anything else, but it could be that the original motor in this auto (and its 63 gasoline-productive horses) died and the remaining operator observed a by no means-to-be-set up alternative for the base end.
The Festiva started out daily life as a Mazda design in 1986, which Kia assembled for the North American market. Festiva income ceased below just after 1993, although the 2nd-generation model was out there as the Ford Aspire. On the other hand, manufacture of the initial-generation Kia Satisfaction carries on to this working day in Iran and Venezuela, as the SAIPA 132 and 141 in addition the Turpial 141 DLX.
Sure, a true planet car!