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Hyundai Pony

Hooniverse Early Korean Car Weekend #8211; The Hyundai Pony

Hello, and welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend Edition. I know, I am a little late at posting content on these pages, but I say better late than never. This will be the Hooniverse Early Korean Car Weekend, in which we explore some of the early Korean Cars that came to market here in the US (and one particularly early example for Canada) to celebrate how far the Korean Auto Manufacturers have come as far as quality, reliability, and desirability.

Come Tuesday, I will be reviewing a brand new car that originates from South Korea, and on Thursday I will be reviewing a car from the same company that received a mid-term refresh, so watch for those. In the meantime, let#8217;s start out with this weekend with a review of the Hyundai Pony, with an example that I found for sale!

The original Hyundai Pony was introduced within its homeland in December of 1975, and was virtually shipped off to be sold in export markets soon thereafter, starting with Ecuador, Columbia, and Greece, then off to the United Kingdom in 1976. It was generally a car with very poor build quality, very little power, with a spotty reliability record. However, it did come in a variety of body configurations, with a 3-Door Hatch, a 5-Door Hatch, a 4-Door Sedan, a 5-Door Wagon, and a Pickup.

The Pony II, which was nothing but a face-lifted Pony, was introduced for the 1982 model year, and was only available as a 5-Door Hatchback, and the Pickup Truck. The Pony was exported to Canada from 1983, but not to the United States because Hyundai could not pass the emissions standards there. Canadian sales were rather brisk and it was at one point the top-selling car in that market.

The reason for this was the fact that they offered a very low price entry point, but were notorious for rather poor quality, as well as absolutely nothing to prevent the inevitable rust problem. Even with these problems, it afforded a much higher degree of quality and refinement in the lowest price auto segment than the Eastern-bloc imports (Lada and Skoda were two such examples) then available.

And look here, there is one available for sale on Craigslist. According to the listing: Yes, this was the best selling car in Canada for the year. Driven most of it#8217;s life by a senior lady as a second car, and stored in garage for the last 3 years (except to get annual air care) waiting to be qualified as the first Hyundai to have a collector#8217;s plates.

The seats look and smell like new; engine starts well every time (with manual choke); automatic transmission shifts as it should and, yes, the original radio works! Everything else is simple and reliable. May need minor touch up (like removing tints from windows) to qualify for collector plates.

Hyundai Pony

We kept it this long to accomplish that goal but there must be others who have even more sentimental connection to this car and would like to restore to full original condition. We are just as happy to show off and share the joy of looking at the past.

Asking price for one of Canada#8217;s Best Sellers is $2,500 Canadian, which translates to#8230; um, lets see#8230; oh yea, $2,500 USD. When I see $2,500 for a 1987 Hyundai I have to pause to stop laughing#8230; What do you think? See the Craigslist Listing here.

So what other Early Korean Cars can you think of?

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