Anyone out there remember the Mercury Bobcat?
I’ll admit that I’d forgotten about the Mercury version of the Ford Pinto until I stumbled across this advertisement for one on ClassicCars.com. Having so stumbled, I was intrigued enough to share it as Pick of the Day.
“Here we have a genuine 2-owner 1978 Mercury Bobcat,” says the dealer advertising the car from Stratford, Wisconsin.
Ford introduced its sub-compact Pinto for the gas-crisis challenged 1971 model year. Mercury, which had its imported Capri, didn’t get its version of the Pinto until the 1975 model year.
For 1978, Bobcats got new styling, interior colors, a long list of updated equipment and were available with 4- or 6-cylinder engines.
The Pick of the Day has the 2.3-liter 4-banger connected to a 3-speed automatic. It also has bucket seats with floor shifter, power steering, power front disc brakes and the “rare factory pop-out sunroof,” the dealer notes.
“The Bobcat runs and drives like the day it was sold new in 1977!” the dealer proclaims, adding that the 28,655 miles showing on the odometer are the car’s correct lifetime mileage.
The asking price is $12,995.