Sunday, August 21, 2016

4WD Turbo From Down Under: 1991 Ford Laser TX3

The name Ford Laser doesn't ring any bells in my head, but one look at the car, and I'm sure I've seen one before.  It looks similar to the Mazda 323 2-door liftback or a Ford Escort, but in truth this thing is a restyled version of the Mazda Familia built and sold for the Australian market. Find this 1991 Ford Laser TX3 offered for $8,200 AUD ($6253 USD at time of printing) in St Andrews, New South Wales, Australia via  Tip from Michael.

The Ford Laser might have been just a badge engineered version of the Mazda 323/Protege built under license, but this one is the rare turbocharged and 4WD version that borrowed much of its mojo from the Mazda Familia GT-X.

The 1.8 liter DOHC Mazda BPT 4-banger puts out 157 horsepower and 152 ft-lbs of torque, which might not wow anybody in the 21st century, but it would put a smile on your face in the early 90s.

Nothing spectacular to see on the inside, but the cloth seats look good and the aftermarket Momo steering wheel fits the interior style nicely.

See another 25 year old oddball that just needs some importation?

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