The 70s Rule: 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon

The Ford Pinto wagon is a sweet late 70s machine and they only get better with age. And sweet paint jobs. And rad wheels. And black/amber/orange/red on white paint. And BOSCH pilot fog lamps with covers. And porthole window. The underhood is rust and the interior is worn, but this thing is rad. Find this 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon offered for $12,500 in Chicago, IL via Tip from Zach.

From the seller:

1979 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon


This incredibly “cool” optioned wagon is believed to be a one owner from 1979 to 2022. The car came out of a Chicago suburn from an estate. This is a true Cruising Wagon with original paint and decals. We have listed options below as well as decoded the trim tags as thouroughly as possible



Comfort Package: AIR CONDITIONING, Tinted Glass, POP UP ROOF

Light Group: Interior Rear Lights Etc

Sports Package: Interior Upgrades

Power Asists: Front Disc Brakes, Variable Ration Rack and Pinion

Interior Decor Group Luxury: Full Vinyl Interior

Folding Rear Seat

Rear Liftgate Louver


The body, paint and decals are all oringinal. Normal blemishes throughout. We notice some rust on the lower panel sections here and there. The right rear corner shows a little more than the rest of the car. We note that the lift gate has a lot of rust that is only noticeable when you open it. It would appear that the water drains were plugged and over the years the sitting water cause the majority of the rusting. The car is solid and original and we want to be clear that it has some belmishes and mostly superficial rust.


Well optioned interior and complete. The drivers seat has the most wear and tear on it. The carpets were replaced before we purchased it. Headliner, dash, and hardware are all consistent and in good shape.


Original engine shows normal wear and tear and runs great. Everything under the hood looks consiten with the mileage. While idling we note an engine mount or trans mount rattle. It is safe to drive but would prob benefite from an inspection. No engine smoke is noted and it keeps good temperature even in the hot summer days. The AC is there but has not been charged. We cannot confirm if it will work or not but we are hopeful based on what we see. Underbody is solid and the pans and unibody look nice and solid. Most rust on the car is on the body. We dont notice any rust of concern under the car. There is a refinished fuel cell in the car as we were told the original was pretty rough.


The car starts up everytime. It tracks straight under acceleration and does the same under braking. It shifts nicley and has a good clutch pedal. It is not a fast car but it feels like a good driver.


See a better way to drive something sweet?