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.
1980 was the last year of the Mercury Bobcat.
The 1980 Mercury Bobcat, like many expensive European sport cars, had rack and pinion steering.
The only engine available was the 2.3 Liter “OHC” Engine was teamed with a 4-speed manual transmission to help maximize economy.
Staggered shocks were used to assist control of the rear end axle.
The 1980 Mercury Bobcat had over 40 comfort, convenience, and sport options to choose from.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|140 cu in 83 hp||12.7||19.1 @ 71mph||Simulation|
|140 Cu In||140 Cu In||2 BB1 Carb||89hp @ 4800rpm||120lb-ft @2800rpm|
Ask Bobcat expert Richard Ehrenberg