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Ford Fiesta Fantasy, a prototype with various bodies for the United States

Beyond having a commercial life on the North American continent, the first generation Ford Fiesta had a prototype with interchangeable body elements that multiplied the uses that this car could have.

At the beginning of the decade of In the seventies the world saw a new type of automobile appear on the market; the superminis. These cars were compact cars that employed the front-engine, front-wheel drive configuration that the British Mini had popularized in 1959, and some of the most iconic models to follow this formula were the Fiat 127 and Renault 5. 

In 1976, Ford introduces the Fiesta, a three-door compact that was launched to compete in this lucrative segment. The fever for cars of this type had also moved to the United States, a country that was looking for low-consumption vehicles. while trying to cope with the devastating oil crisis that turned American industry upside down.

American version of the Ford Fiesta.
American version of the Ford Fiesta.

In this market, utility vehicles such as the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Rabbit and even the aforementioned Renault 5, which received the name Renault LeCar in America, were already being marketed in large numbers. Ford then decided to sell the Fiesta in the US market and began marketing units manufactured in Germany for the 1978 season., with the first cars arriving in the fall of 1977. 

FIESTA FANTASY: A PROTOTYPE WITH SIX CONFIGURATIONS 

Ford had already experimented with the idea of ​​a model with interchangeable body parts that would allow the car to be transformed depending on the situation, a quite ingenious and novel concept. In 1976 they presented the Ford Prima, a curious prototype that could become a three-door hatchback, a pickup truck or a small station wagon.

Shortly after the Ford Fiesta began to be sold in America, after making the necessary modifications to comply with United States safety regulations that included larger bumpers and round headlights, The brand decided to present a prototype similar in concept to the Ford Prima, but based on this small compact. 

The resulting vehicle was named Ford Fiesta Fantasy, and could be converted into all the bodies of the aforementioned Prima, adding the attractive configuration as a convertible.. The Fiesta had been well received by the public, but its sales volume was insignificant compared to other alternatives in the same segment. Lewis Veraldi, who at that time was the brand's head of development, even said about the prototype that its production was viable and that it would generate interest in affordable, economical and versatile cars.

“By swapping out easy-to-install modules in the rear section of the vehicle, the Fantasy could be converted from a two-seat station wagon to a two-seat sports coupe, a 2+2 hardtop convertible, a 2+2 softtop or a station wagon. for 4 passengers” 

Finally, The project did not get the green light, and in 1981 the Ford Fiesta would be replaced in the United States by the new Escort. a car that the brand had developed with a global sales approach in mind. It could be said that nothing remained of this interesting idea, but at the end of the eighties Nissan launched the EXA which had interchangeable body parts, while Mercedes-Benz presented the VRC prototypes of a very similar conception in the late 1990s.

Images: Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz 

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Written by Javillac

This thing about cars comes to one since childhood. When other kids preferred the bicycle or the ball, I kept the toy cars.
I still remember as if it were yesterday a day when a black 1500 overtook us on the A2, or the first time I saw a Citroën DS parked on the street, I have always liked chrome bumpers.

In general, I like things from before the time I was born (some say I'm reincarnated), and at the top of that list are cars, which, together with music, make the ideal combination for a perfect time: driving and a soundtrack according to the corresponding car.

As for cars, I like classics of any nationality and era, but my weakness is American cars from the 50s, with their exaggerated shapes and dimensions, which is why many people know me as "Javillac".

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