Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
Lincoln-Mercury dealers marketed a re-badged variant of the Pinto, as the Mercury Bobcat, beginning with model year 1974 in Canada and 1975 in the United States. The Bobcat was available as a 2-door hatchback or wagon, but Mercury did not make available an equivalent to the "sedan" Pinto with an enclosed trunk.
Mercury wisely installed the Pinto’s deluxe interior as standard trim to appeal to upper-market subcompact buyers.
The Mercury Bobcat differed from the Pinto with larger taillights, separate parking lights, a taller Lincoln-esque grille and somewhat fancier interior and exterior trim.
The 1979 Mercury Bobcat gave you the choice of two versions in the Bobcat 3-door Runabout, the Sports Package Option or the Sports Accent Option.
You could also get the Bobcat Wagon or the Villager Option.
Standard interior used the high-back bucket seat or low-back bucket seats were available in all-vinyl or cloth-and-vinyl.
Performance related options included high performance gear ratios, heavy-duty battery, power disc brakes, and variable ratio power steering.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|140 cu in 83 hp||12.7||19.1 @ 71mph||Simulation|
|170 cu in 97hp||13.1||18.9 @ 72 mph||Simulation|
|140 Cu In||140 Cu In||2 BB1 Carb||89hp @ 4800rpm||120lb-ft @3200rpm|
|170 Cu In||170 Cu In||2 BB1 Carb||100hp @ 4400rpm||139lb-ft @ 3200rpm|
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