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Dual Control Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta dual control car is one of those cars that never seem to grow old. It is still very popular among many population catchments. It was first launched in 1976 and is now undergoing its 6th Series. It still has the look and reputation of a young, fun car that is easy to drive.

This is probably one of the reasons many drivers like this neat little run around as their first car to learn how to drive. It looks good; it handles like a dream, and it is not overly expensive. All great features for a hire car you might want to use to practice for your driving test. Why not buy a Ford Fiesta dual control car to boost the services of your driving instructor company?

More and more driving instructors are buying them for their businesses. Why should you choose one? What features should you look out for?

A ford Fiesta dual control car is a must have for driving lessons, especially for the first lessons that you embark in. Cars are big, heavy and dangerous; combine that with an inexperienced driver and you have the recipe for chaos and disaster. This small and practical car will minimize risks by providing driving instructors with instant control of the vehicle whenever necessary.

Having added control over the vehicle will also provide your clients with the peace of mind of knowing that if anything goes wrong or they freeze, you are there to take over. Read the rest of this entry »

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The History of the Ford Pinto – One of the Worst Cars Ever Made

The Ford Pinto was Ford’s first domestic subcompact car. It was marketed in 1970 with competitors being the AMC Gremlin, Chevrolet Vega and imports from Volkswagen, Datsun and Toyota. It was a very popular car with 100,000 units delivered by January 1971. A version produced under the Lincoln Mercury name was called the Bobcat.

The Pinto used powertrains proven in Europe but the Vega had an innovative aluminum engine that caused problems. Robert Eidschun’s design of the exterior of the Pinto was chosen which was unusual because most cars consist of style elements from many designers. The Ford Pinto offered an inline 4 engine and bucket seats. And entry level Pinto was $1,850 which made it the cheapest Ford since 1958.

Seating in the Pinto was low to the floor compared to the imports. Body styles were the two door coupe, a hatchback called the Runabout and a two door station wagon. A top of the line Pinto Squire had faux wood sides. Road & Track magazine did not the suspension and standard drum brakes but loved the 1.6 L Kent engine. The Pinto was available with a choice of two engines and Ford changed the power ratings practically every year. The Ford Pinto Pangra is a modified sporting Pinto produced by Huntington Ford in California and only 55 were sold in 1973.

The Ford Pinto is most well known for it’s design problem that allowed the fuel tank to be easily damaged in a rear end collision. Deadly fires and explosions were common occurrences in rear end collisions. The Pinto had no real bumper or reinforcing structure between the rear panel and gas tank. In some collisions the gas tank would be thrust forward into the differential which had protruding bolts that could puncture the tank. Also the doors could jam during an accident due to poor reinforcement. This led to the Pinto’s nickname as a barbeque that seats four. Read the rest of this entry »

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