Last year for the Pinto. The replacement was
nicknamed “Erika”. Later changed to Escort. ONE engine only available, 2.3L.
The I4 received some changes to boost fuel mileage. (NOTE: MPG was Ford’s
emphasis this year as the 1980 CAFE Goal for automakers’ fleets was raised from
19 to 20mpg). Styling was virtually identical to ’79, and 3 new interior trim
colors were available. Low-Buck Pony now wore steel belted radial shoes.
Batteries were maintenance free and cars carried a restyled scissors jack.
Radios played a Traveler’s Advisory band and the Cruising PKG option was
revised. Rallye Pack introduced in 79 for the hatchbatch & wagon was
The Pony LACKED the STANDARD equipment of: tinted glass, rear
defroster, AM radio, bumper rub strips, and vinyl insert bodyside moldings as
well as bright window frame, and belt and B-pillar moldings.
included a charcoal grill and headlamp doors, black windshield and backlight
moldings, dual black racing mirrors, glass 3rd door with black hinges, blackout
paint treatment, black wheel lip moldings, “ESS” Fender insignia, and black
BASE ENGINE: 140 cid 2.3L Cast iron block
& head Bore/Stroke: 3.78 x 3.13 9.0:1 comp. Brake HP: 88 @ 4600
rpm TQ: 119 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm 5 main bearings Hydralic valve lifters
Carb: 2bbl MOTORCRAFT 5200 VIN Code: “A”