Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Hatchback By Any Other Name: 1974 Ford Pinto Runabout

In the words of the immutable Inigo Montoya: "You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means" applies to the next car because the seller lists it as a Ford Pinto Round About.  Find this 1974 Ford Pinto Runabout offered for $5,500 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist.  Tip from Dascpcu.

A round about is a traffic circle that is far superior to a 4-way stop at moving cars...but a Runabout is what Ford called the hatchback version of the Pinto.  The Pinto was a pretty solidly terrible car when new, but enough time has passed that it might be cool to own one.

Per the seller:
1974 Ford pinto lot of new parts everyday driver great shape for 42 year old car and this is a factory AC car I removed the complete front end put new control arm bushings control arms ball joints new rack and pinion tie rod ends and springs completely new and tires

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  1. One would expect a friskier powertrain based on the presence of the aftermarket macho shifter.
    If you absolutely have to have a Pinto this one looks in nice shape. Just make sure the gas tank has had the safety recall/mod done to avoid that rear end collision explosion thing that Pintos were famous for.

  2. It is listed as automatic.

    What's with the shifter from a Peterbilt?

    Interesting view of the headliner, or at least a small part dangling about.


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