The Ford Festiva was one of the most basic cars you could buy. I know, I owned one.
It was marketed here by Ford but was based on a Mazda platform and built by Kia. The only engine available was Mazda’s 1.3-liter I-4 that produced a paltry 63 horsepower and 73 pounds-feet of torque and powered the 12-inch front wheels through a 4-speed manual (5-speed in later years) or 3-speed automatic. The only body style offered was a 3 door hatchback – or was it?
This automotive oddity was spotted this weekend in the car corral at the Fall Jefferson car show in Jefferson, Wis. The seller claims that it was converted to a flatbed truck by a South Dakota Ford dealer when it was new and completely restored in 2009. It started as a well-optioned Festiva GL with power steering and factory air and the odometer reads just 41,000 miles.
I have no idea why anyone would want such a “truck” but the conversion and restoration appear to be very well done. Asking price: $9,000.