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1980 Ford Pockar concept

Just the other day I put up a picture of the 1980 Ford Navarre concept that had been created with help from Ghia. That same year the two had also collaborated on a microcar concept, the Pockar. As you may have suspected its peculiar name is a blending of two words, otherwise known as a portmanteau in linguistics. The two mashed words are “pocket” and “car” and the allusion is obvious.

1980 Ford Pockar concept

Its pocket size might have been disconcerting for some passengers, especially back in 1980. For instance, the wheelbase of a production 1980 Fiesta extended nearly one and a half feet longer than Pockar’s which measured only 74 inches. Fiesta’s ends stuck out more than two feet past the concept’s which was a scant 112 inches stem to stern. Pockar and Fiesta did share Ford’s 58.4 cubic-inch inline four.

Mechanicals aside, the concept was so-named for reasons deeper than its size.

1980 Ford Pockar concept

Pockar had pockets and compartments, and included luggage to pack in there. Ford maximized space in the four-seater by carving out the underutilized spaces in the panels and doors.

Those headlights look sort of familiar, huh? As well the side view mirrors.