Thursday, June 12, 2014
1972 Ford Pinto Runabout
Though it's most remembered for its tendency to blow up when rear-ended, the Pinto wasn't completely terrible, as so many people claim. The styling was crisp and handsome (at least until the 5MPH bumpers came along), and, like other Detroit compacts of the era, handling was decent (decent enough to be a worthy competitor in SCCA races). Still, compared to the Japanese compacts, the Pinto was still big, slow, and had bad space utilization. This early hatchback is slightly customized: there are racing seats inside, and it's lowered on fox body alloys.