The Other, Other Pony Car: 1988 Hyundai Pony

The average Hyundai Genesis fan may not know (unless he’s Canadian and has already been scarred) that there was were two rear-wheel-drive North American market Hyundai’s prior to Seoul getting all fancy in the 2000’s, the Pony and the Stellar.  Find this 1988 Hyundai Pony for sale in Havelock, Ontario, Canada for $CA1,500 ($1,120 US monies today) via Kijiji.

The Pony was a fairly antiquated car when it debuted in Canada in 1984, however, it sold extremely well due to it being cheap as hell. And cheap it should’ve been; the first cars had been in cobbled together from various Mitsubishi and Ford parts nearly decade earlier.

Most Pony’s came with 5-speed manual transmission, however, the guy who bought this thing brand new figured that if he’s going to drop 5-large (Canadian dollars) on an import, it better have all the bells and whistles. The seller states that the motor needs a head gasket but that shouldn’t be too hard to source, given the motor’s Mitsubishi origins. The milkshake in the block better make for a huge bargaining lever for any potential buyers.

Typical of most entry level economy cars, numbers adorn only the instruments which are legally obliged to contain them. Is that a manual choke that I spy in the lower left? If so, I must start the Pony procurement process immediately. 

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.