Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Other, Other Pony Car: 1988 Hyundai Pony

The average Hyundai Genesis fan may not know (unless he's Canadian and has already been scarred) that there was were two rear-wheel-drive North American market Hyundai's prior to Seoul getting all fancy in the 2000's, the Pony and the Stellar.  Find this 1988 Hyundai Pony for sale in Havelock, Ontario, Canada for $CA1,500 ($1,120 US monies today) via Kijiji.

The Pony was a fairly antiquated car when it debuted in Canada in 1984, however, it sold extremely well due to it being cheap as hell. And cheap it should've been; the first cars had been in cobbled together from various Mitsubishi and Ford parts nearly decade earlier.

Most Pony's came with 5-speed manual transmission, however, the guy who bought this thing brand new figured that if he's going to drop 5-large (Canadian dollars) on an import, it better have all the bells and whistles. The seller states that the motor needs a head gasket but that shouldn't be too hard to source, given the motor's Mitsubishi origins. The milkshake in the block better make for a huge bargaining lever for any potential buyers.

Typical of most entry level economy cars, numbers adorn only the instruments which are legally obliged to contain them. Is that a manual choke that I spy in the lower left? If so, I must start the Pony procurement process immediately. 

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.


  1. bingo on the bibimbap badge, bro - almost forgot it was in the inventory - bet there are some other plums in there, or ping me if you need something new

  2. You'd have to get on some really icy stuff to make this thing drift. Even then it may not break loose. The saying shortly after they came out, was "At the head of every long line on the highway is a Hyundai!

  3. Motorcycle sidecar enthusiasts will recognize the tail lamps from the last generation Hannigan Astro series hacks...

  4. Well, dang! And here was me thinking these had completely disappeared. Nice find.

  5. Guiguiaro design... The pick up was very nicely styled.

    1. This could be an amazing candidate for an LS swap!

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  6. Such incredible junk. I rented one in Vancouver airport once and slept in it before skiing at Whistler. It would be nice to be young again, but spare me that awful Pony. We shouldn't have let Korea sell us cars.

  7. Amazing that this hasn't been re-purposed as a soup can. The trannies; don't know if they were the sticks or slushboxes were disposable.

  8. The disposable ones would be the slushbox versions I think, the manuals were from Mitsu ( If I recall corrrrrrectly). The autos I don't know but they didn't like playing with the torque converter (lack of overlap) as I remember at least three were at the garage when we moved into town, all automatic, none moved and they were being sold for "parts only".... I had to walk by them twice a day for two years on my way to school. It was depressing.

  9. the worst car ever sold in Canada. It was a race between early mechanical failure and rot. You don'e even see them in junk yards anymore, and when I was a kid they were everywhere.


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