The Ford Courier was based on the Mazda pickup. It was only available in 2 wheel drive. In 1973, the Ford Courier was in its second model year. While it was a smaller truck, it ‘tried’ to take on the look of the fullsize models. The generation lasted through the 1976 model year. Also lasting the same time-span was the only engine available, a 1.8L OHC Mazda I4 putting out 74 hp. Backing it was the sole transmission, a 4-speed manual.
For 1977, the Courier received an upgraded design, which included front disc brakes. Still no 4×4 version was available. The same 1.8L engine was standard, though Ford’s own 2.3L I4 became optional. A 3-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual were newly available also. In 1979, the 1.8L was dropped and replaced by a 2.0L version of the same. Base and XLT trim was offered. Later on you could get the XLT/5 Sport package which added gauges, special moldings, exterior accents, and deluxe wheel covers. The last year for the Courier was 1982.