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1979 Mercury

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1979 Mercury

Bobcat

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.
The 1979 Mercury Bobcat gave you the choice of two versions in the Bobcat 3-door Runabout, the Sports Package Option or the Sports Accent Option.
You could also get the Bobcat Wagon or the Villager Option.
Standard interior used the high-back bucket seat or low-back bucket seats were available in all-vinyl or cloth-and-vinyl.
Performance related options included high performance gear ratios, heavy-duty battery, power disc brakes, and variable ratio power steering.



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
140 Cu In

140 Cu In

2 BB1 Carb

89hp @ 4800rpm

120lb-ft @3200rpm

170 Cu In

170 Cu In

2 BB1 Carb

100hp @ 4400rpm

139lb-ft @ 3200rpm

Transmissions
  • 3-Speed Manual
  • SelectShift Automatic
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

140 cu in 83 hp

12.7

19.1 @ 71mph

Simulation

170 cu in 97hp

13.1

18.9 @ 72 mph

Simulation

Production Numbers

1975 to 1980

224,026

Total Production

224,026

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