Thursday Trivia

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Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!
This week’s question: How many years did the Ford Motor Company go without a domestically-produced passenger car with a four-cylinder engine?
If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you’re right.
71 pintoThis year Ford introduced a Mustang with a four-cylinder engine, the first thus such equipped Pony from the company since 1993. That’s an amazing 22-year stretch, but perhaps even more amazing was the length of time that the company went without a domestically-produced four cylinder car of any kind. That drought ended in 1971 with the introduction of the Pinto.
From How Stuff Works:

Performance got better-than-expected marks, considering that many customers were coming to Pinto having previously experienced only V-8 or six-cylinder engines. After all, this was the first domestically produced Ford passenger car with a four-cylinder engine since 1934.

The last U.S.-built four-cylinder car from Ford had been the 1934 Model B, a four-pot edition of the V8-engined Model 18 and Model 40. Everything between then and the September 1970 introduction of the Pinto, was either a six or a V8.
Thirty-seven years without a domestic four-pot. The wait was even greater for a domestic-built car with a domestic-built four. The 1600 and 2-litre engines that debuted with the Pinto were sourced from Europe. It wouldn’t be until 1974, with the introduction of the 2.3-litre SOHC four, built at Ford’s Lima Ohio plant, that a completely domestic four-cylinder car would be offered by the company.
That Lima engine went on to be the standard bearer for Ford’s domestic fours, and in fact was the base for that entry-level engine in the 1993 Mustang we noted above.
Image: How Stuff Works

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  1. mr smee Avatar
    mr smee

    The time between the Model-T and the Pinto?

  2. The Rusty Hub Avatar
    The Rusty Hub

    Forty years was my guess. That is by far the best I’ve ever done on Thursday Trivia.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Forty years was my guess as well. You and I are a bit redundant today.

  3. marmer Avatar

    Model A and B were also fours.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      That’s true of the Model B but the Model A has an opposed twin:
      Unless you mean that newfangled one that came after the Model T.

  4. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    I knew it was with the Pinto motor for when it came back into the lineup (Hurrah Business Ethics classes!), just couldn’t remember the year it ended in the 30s.
    Someone needs to do the maths on this, but I would be interested in total units produced/sold of the Pinto four vs. the iron duke. Those damn engines were in everything.

  5. engineerd Avatar

    The Pinto motor lasted to 2001. I had a 2000 Ranger with the 2.5L version. It was a slow dog on the highway, but a very sturdy dog. Like a basset hound.

    1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

      Far better than the Duratec Jack Russel that replaced it. It makes noise like it’s doing something, but I think it is just dreaming of one day running down a squirrel. Plus I don’t really trust it to do any real work.

      1. JayP Avatar

        I dunno. I went out of my way to find a 2.3 16v over the 2.5.
        It’s a peppy engine. Handles stop-to to 80mph commutes.
        I wouldn’t use it to haul a boat but it handles a load of mulch every spring like a big boy.

        1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

          I didn’t say Jacks couldn’t run with the pack, just that it makes a lot more noise than effort.
          I took home 20 sacks of top soil in my Scion tC, that doesn’t mean it’s a worker.

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    You forgot the five billion or so years before Ford’s first four banger.