The Ford Pinto was the last of the rear-drive subcompacts built in the USA – finally replaced in 1981 with the front-drive Fiesta, but it did leave a lasting impression on a generation of drivers. That impression is sometimes also called a “bad taste in your mouth” as the Pinto isn’t exactly a cherished classic…but some have survived and are now experiencing a bit of a renaissance in price and popularity. Find this 1972 Ford Pinto wagon with turbo 2.3 liter engine offered for $5,900 in Chula Vista, CA via craigslist.
The Pinto was a competitor to GM’s Vega and AMC’s Gremlin – and as such was available in several different forms, none as the cool as the 2-door wagon. This example has had a rather large hood scoop added and rides on what looks Fox-body Mustang wheels.
This Pinto has a 2.3 liter turbo engine from what was probably a Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe that would have put out 155 horsepower when new – not exactly a barn burner, but enough to get the 2,000 lb Pinto moving in traffic.
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