Junkyard Find: 1993 Ford Festiva L

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1993 ford festiva l

The Ford Festiva aka Kia Pride aka Mazda 121 spent much of the last decade being a fairly common sight in American self-serve wrecking yards, but lately I’ve been seeing many fewer examples of this little gas-sipper. You can buy this car new in Iran, where it is badged as the Saipa 132, and some outlaw factory is probably still building the things in China. We’ve seen this ’90 Festiva in this series, and now I’ve found a decal-enhanced example of the final model year of the US-market Festiva (the next generation Pride was called the Aspire in the United States) in a Denver yard.

63 horsepower from this Mazda B3.

Swooshy graphics were all the rage in the late 1980s and early 1990s, though I’m not sure if these are factory-installed or provided later by Manny, Moe, and Jack.

What more do you need in a car?

Let’s take a look at some ads for the Pride from around the world. Here’s Iran.

Korean car commercials tend to be full of video-game noises and macho voiceovers. Here’s a nice collection.

The early Pride got some very pastel 80s-ness in its Australian-market ads.


Call it big. Call it small. Call it yours.

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  • SaulTigh SaulTigh on May 07, 2014

    In '98 and '99 I worked with a guy who had a 50 mile commute (so 100+ miles each day) and had two of these at any given time. One for driving and one for parts. As soon as he'd strip one bare, he buy another one for cheap that was broken in some way and start the process over. On cold mornings he'd start it 30 minutes before leaving (we worked nights) and you never wanted to be parked next to him because the exhaust would make you sick if you had to scrape your own car. It didn't sound healthy at idle either. Lots of clanging and such, but they never seemed to let him down. I've always liked these though. Something about the proportions I find amusing.

  • Kyree Kyree on May 07, 2014

    I was an infant in '93, so I couldn't tell you about the general attitude of cars during that year, but it seems like they were uninspired-looking leftovers from the '80s, and this car epitomizes that notion.

  • Jeffro As I sit here this morning with my 2 day old TRD OFF ROAD 4RUNNER tucked safely away in the garage, my head spins with this weird desire to locate a 85 LTD equipped with the epic 😵‍💫2.3 and the FOUR ON THE FLOOR. THE HOLY GRAIL. Ying and yang baby!The search begins.
  • ToolGuy 404 error on the product link. Which probably isn't terrific marketing on TTAC's part. https://thinkwarestore.com/product/f200-pro-ca
  • ToolGuy Second picture: Do you like pegboard storage? (I don't.)
  • ToolGuy "WHAT???"(old 'I was in the artillery' joke)
  • ToolGuy Oh and this.