Most vehicles that make it to astoundingly excessive mileage figures are likely to fall into one among two classes: engineering masterpieces that ended up being onerous to kill (and obtained a lifetime of a minimum of crucial upkeep gadgets) or machines that impressed unquestioning love from house owners keen to maintain opening their wallets for many years to maintain them on the highway. At this time’s Junkyard Gem falls into neither of these teams; it is a penny-pinching Ford Festiva, one of many least expensive vehicles accessible in its time … and but it cracked the magical 300,000-mile mark earlier than getting discarded.

So, a complete of 317,207.Three miles over its practically 30 years on the highway. We simply noticed a discarded 1989 Honda Civic with a mere 308,895 miles on the clock, and this Festiva comes near topping this 1993 Honda Civic DX. The best-mileage junkyard automotive I’ve ever discovered (needless to say most vehicles earlier than the center 1980s had 5-digit odometers, and most vehicles this century have unreadable-in-the-boneyard digital odometers) is this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E with an amazing 601,173 miles. This Mercedes-Benz 300D came close, with 535,971 miles. Detroit went to six-digit odometers late within the recreation, however this 1986 Olds Calais reached 363,033 miles, and this Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor reached the 412,013-mile figure because of a second profession as a taxi.

A Festiva surpassing the 300okay mark, although, isn’t one thing I ever anticipated to see. These vehicles had been offered as low-cost, no-frills transportation, interval. The MSRP on a base-level Festiva began at $6,620 in 1991, or about $12,610 in 2020 bucks. Not many vehicles may squeeze below that value at the moment; the Subaru Justy may very well be bought for $5,995, the Hyundai Excel 3-door hatch value $6,275, and the Yugo GV (sure, it may nonetheless be obtained new as late as 1991) had a hilarious $4,435 price ticket. Even the lowly Geo Metro, Pontiac LeMans, and Toyota Tercel EZ value greater than this Festiva.

Nonetheless, this automotive got here with snazzy pinstripes, now pale to near-invisibility by the Colorado solar.

You possibly can see the quilt plate within the spot the place the air-conditioning button would have gone, had the unique purchaser of this automotive been keen to squander valuable {dollars} on such frivolity.

5-speed guide transmission, naturally. You can get an computerized within the Festiva, however anybody keen to spend that form of cash on extras would have been in a position to afford a a lot nicer Tercel EZ.

I do not know if this brief block meeting is a Festiva engine or from one thing else, however it might be that the unique engine on this automotive (and its 63 fuel-efficient horses) died and the ultimate proprietor discovered a never-to-be-installed substitute for the underside finish.

The Festiva began life as a Mazda design in 1986, which Kia assembled for the North American market. Festiva gross sales ceased right here after 1993, although the second-generation model was accessible because the Ford Aspire. Nonetheless, manufacture of the first-generation Kia Delight continues to today in Iran and Venezuela, as the SAIPA 132 and 141 plus the Turpial 141 DLX.

Sure, a real world automotive!