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Posted By: John Kuliak
Posted On: Tuesday November 19, 2019 at 6:16 PM
 
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Mercury Bobcat
I basically developed my "driving skills" as a youth running up the miles in the Mercury Division's so-called "upscale" version of the Pinto, the long-forgotten Bobcat.

If you've never seen one, picture a miniature upright Lincoln grille plastered onto the nose of a Pinto.

If there were any additional "luxury" features due to it being a Mercury, they certainly escaped my notice.

As the unwanted FoMoCo stepchild, Bobcats were mostly seen on rental car lots.

When I got my first credit card as a teenager, I took Budget Rent-A-Car up on their $13.95 per day unlimited miles Weekend Special pretty much every weekend, and pretty much lived in their car all weekend long.

I got more than my moneysworth in mileage, with youthful adventures such as impromptu round trips from Chicago to Toronto. Some weekends the Budget Bobcats were returned with 1500 fresh miles on the odometer!

If anyone ever makes a model of the forgotten Mercury Bobcat, I will be shocked. (I will also buy one.)

As fun as the Bobcats were, I was happy when Budget swopped them out for Camaros. The ladies were MUCH more impressed with those!


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[PIC] I have a perverse desire for one of these in 1:43 by Graeme Ogg #26751
why pervese ? I think the Pinto played a most important role in US-auto history.(PIC) by Joop Gisbers #26751.1
So let's hope someone does a Pinto in 1:43. Come on baby, light my fire. by Graeme Ogg #26751.1.1
And a '71 Vega, the darling of John Z. Delorean. (EOM) by Harvey Goranson #26751.1.1.1
Sergio? by John Kuliak #26751.1.1.1.1
Just what I was thinking. Could be a really hot seller (ho, ho) (EOM) by Graeme Ogg #26751.1.1.1.1.1
I bought a new '76 Pinto and commuted in it for 135,000 miles. Repairs? by David Holcombe #26751.2
I had a '72 with a 4 speed. It as not only dependable, it was fun to drive. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #26751.2.1Zone Diplomat
I bought a grey poupon colored 74 in 1975....2300c.c. with 4speed. It was bullet proof reliable. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #26751.2.1.1
Had two Pinto Squire wagons. The first was a 72 four cylinder with automatic by Bob Jackman #26751.2.1.1.1
Mercury Bobcat by John Kuliak #26751.2.1.1.1.1
Dear Graeme Ogg, I got the license already for the Pinto. (EOM) by Sergio Goldvarg #26751.3
Our Hero! (EOM) by John Kuliak #26751.3.1
I second that emotion. (EOM) by Graeme Ogg #26751.3.1.1
Make it the Squire wagon Sergio! Top of the line! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #26751.3.2
I would like one also along with the Vega GT, they were the first true import fighters, by Mark Millar #26751.4
An import fighter with a glass (aluminum?) jaw that was on the canvas in the first round. :- ) (EOM) by Jack Dodds #26751.4.1
It would be a fun novelty for my collection, but not at 100 bucks.. by Mark Lampariello #26751.5
Nothing perverse about it. by Jani Bodmann #26751.6




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