I had a few minutes to contemplate my car/life choices the other day. Technically, I was waiting a few moments to try to start the engine on a 94 Buick Roadmaster, which had coughed, belched, and stalled on me. It had happened the previous day on a hot start, and a few minutes of turning the key again, it eventually fired up and settled in a nice idle and got me home. I’m not sure what was wrong with engine, but it gave me time to think if my choice of beaters was from the right decade. The wife is always saying I need newer more reliable modern cars, but I’m thinking that 94 might be too electronified and I need something more carburmafied. Because here is the truth — my oldest carburetor fed cars might have a few issues (well…always something) but you can nurse it home and fix it. An electronically chip controlled key-ignition system won’t work at all if something goes wrong, but an old school mechanical setup…meh…you’ll notice the degradation before total failure. Modern cars have too many single points of failure because of digital electronics– if too much moisture accumulates in the 94 LT1 optispark chamber…well…no spark, no run. On the other hand, you can run a conventional points system at about 2% of its optimal design specification (gap or dwell or whatever) and it’ll run like garbage, but it’ll still run enough to get you home. So maybe, just maybe, a Ford Pinto with a carb fed 302 V8 is an upgrade in reliability from a 94 LTI? Asking price on this next one is optimistic, but the concept is good. Find this 1979 Ford Pinto offered for $15,000 buy-it-now or make-offer in Katy, TX via eBay.
This next car might look like something designed in England just after WWII, but it is actually a kit body and frame built in Blakely Auto Works Princeton, WI in the 1980s. The Blakely Beranardi was expensive when new — a fully assembled version sold for almost $22k, or about the same as a new Corvette. But if you wanted a neo-classic designed kit car vaguely reminiscent of an MG TD that uses a Ford Pinto, Mercury Bobcat or Mustang II donor car…you could do worse. Somehow the seller of this next managed to get a pre-smog 1971 title and is offering this car for a decent price. Find this 1971 Blakely Bernardi offered for $11,000 in Carson, CA via craigslist.
A Ford Pinto wagon is always a good idea. And one for measly thousand bucks? That is something we all agree is good for the planet. But, I’ve got to ask about the watermelon. Why is it in the pinto…and why is it buckled in place? I get it, safety first…but shouldn’t the melon be in a grocery back in that copious rear cargo area? Transporting melons bucked into car seats is precisely why you’d want to upgrade from the standard 2-door coupe Pinto to the wagon, so I’m scratching my melon on this one. Find this 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon offered for $1000 in Punta Gorda, Florida via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
The Pinto was released for the 1971 model year from an optimistic front office at Ford. It was intended to be a light and compact import fighter…but due to a design flaw in the fuel tank it ended up as a punch line in every joke involving fiery death for the next 3 decades. The Pinto is now almost 50 years old and they are all but gone from the streets…so what is a really nice example worth to you? Find this 1972 Ford Pinto offered for $9750 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Long before there was pinterest, there was Pintera. Okay…I gotta admit..I have a DailyTurismo pinterest account, but I don’t know what pinterest is. Haven’t a clue. There is something about pins and boards and supposedly it is a good place to share recipes or floral arrangements…but there’s also pictures of cars…anyway…pinterest I don’t understand, but the Pintera…THE PINTERA, I understand. Take one Pinto, on V8 Ford engine, and 60 cubic bushels of fiberglass resin from a company called Stiletto, and you get…PINTERA. Whisper it now. Pintera. Little bit louder now…Pintera…little bit louder now…Pinnnnn…ter…aaahhhh. You understand now too. Find this 1977 Pintera GT offered for $5500 in Pasco, FL via craigslist.
This next car is a bit of a puzzle to me — it looks like the Bremen Mini Mark, which was a VW Type 1 Beetle based kit car that combined the aerodynamics of a 1930s classic with the reliability of the VW chassis…but it appears to have a front engine Chevy V8…so I don’t […]
When the Ford Pinto was first released for the 1971 model year, it was supposed to be a light weight import fighter, but a lack of power and a design flaw in the fuel tank relegated the little mini-pony to the back of the history books. But today’s example isn’t your grandma’s Pinto. Find this […]
The Ford Pinto was the idea of future auto legend and then Ford president Lee Iaccoca. With a target weight of 2000 lbs, the Pinto was supposed to be a lightweight import fighter, but instead suffered the inglorious fate of being the butt of jokes for twenty years due to the company neglecting a known […]
The builder of this next car must have been inspired by Johnny Cash…no, not by Cash’s dark days of cocaine & alcohol abuse (although that could be a factor) but the 1976 song “One Piece at a Time” where the singer describes a custom built car that used a variety of parts from his factory […]
Today for the Thursday Twister, I’d like to ask you people what you think is the best car for around 1000 smackeroos. I will kick things off with two cars from tipper Sean. First up is this 1982 BMW 320i offered for $700 in Ojai, CA via craigslist. It has a 5-speed gearbox and no […]