Greetings from Oaxaca

Ford 100, unknown vintageFord 100 cabBiker Beetle1Biker Beetle2Ford Escort, unknown vintageToday I offer you a glimpse into the lives of everyday Mexicans, their joys and their sorrows as seen in their cars. As we all know, motor vehicles express the personality of their drivers, and nowhere more so than in this place. For the people who work hard in this poor country, a car is very much a luxury. A friend told me that a few Mexicans typically take very good care of their vehicles; the rest just run them till they die. Here is a Ford 100 truck, still surviving (from maybe the ‘60s?), a glorious Beetle making a cultural statement, and a Ford Escort of unknown vintage—all in Mexico Brown.

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Next time I’ll show you some more upscale vehicles.

If you know anything more about that Ford truck, shoot me a comment.

—jgoods

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  1. Julian
    July 9th, 2009 at 09:44 | #1

    That Ford truck was the typical pick up truck you could find in small towns in Mexico until the 90′s. Usually that meant a manual gearbox, manual steering, no A/C and either an inline 6 or (more often) a V8. The manual gearbox had a crawler first gear, the manual steering was usually chosen because of reliability and longevity and the V8 was popular because of the altitude, most major Mexican cities are higher than Denver and most of the roads are mountains roads except for the Speedy Gonzales inspiring northern deserts.

    That truck was assembled in Ford’s plant in Mexico (possibly in Cuautitlan where the new fiesta for the US market will be made)

    While the cars you shot are still often found in Mexico, the automotive landscape has changed significantly in the last 2 decades because access to credit is easier (but credit is still way more expensive than in the US) and because a large number of used cars from the US have found their way into Mexico. That old escort wagon you shot was, for example, never sold by Ford in Mexico, we only got the Mazda based last generation of the Escort.

    The market for new cars is not that small, it peaked at slightly more than one million. And possibly as much as half a million used cars from the US are sold in Mexico every year.

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