Gotham City Cruiser: 1973 Ford Pinto Wagon “Batmobile”

There are some who might say that a labor of love is dropping 100K to restore a Porsche 356 that has been used as a planter box for the last 30 years.  These people are wrong.  Find this 1973 Pinto Wagon Batmobile for sale in Des Moines, IA for $1,550 via craigslist.

When you are an 85-year-old man and you begin a project to transform a Pinto into a Batmobile replica for your granddaughter, that, my friends, is called a labor of love.  While the ad doesn’t provide a whole lot of information about the story behind this vehicle, it is safe to say that it is a rolling monument to love that deserves completion.    

If you are the brave soul who picks up the torch to finish this project my hat is off to you.  First, you should complete the brake work needed to get it stop properly.  If Ralph Nader considered the Pinto to be unsafe in stock form, I wonder how he would feel about this structurally compromised vehicle with no brakes.  After that, please consider adding some real pulse jets.  They simply belong on this car and would round out the theme with some serious panache.

Before tackling the remaining bodywork, the new owner should think about upping the pony count, as well.  Although the ad says the car contains a rebuilt engine, a turbo 2.3 from a Thunderbird Turbo Coupe with a straight pipe would provide the proper motivation and soundtrack for this car.  Finally, finish it in a black with red trim paint scheme that its creator would no doubt recognize.  Now you are ready to fight crime.

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