OK, get it out of your system now, laugh all you want. I love Pintos, especially wagons. I had a 79 Pinto sedan during my college years. It wasn't cool, it wasn't fast, but it was fun and fairly dependable. The Pinto came out in 1971 as Ford's first domestically produced sub compact car. Their answer to Toyota and Datsun imports. And in 1972 the sedan/hatchback were followed by the wagon. Click the header for a comprehensive look at the Pinto, no punches pulled, the good bad and the ugly, with the story of exploding gas tanks in detail.
My parents had 2 Pintos, a brown sedan and a blue wagon. I loved that wagon. They really were practicle little cars, with decent performance and economy. They first came out with the 2000cc 4 cyl engine, then the 2300 cc and finally the 2800cc V6. Both automatic and manual transmissions were offered. The Pinto was built from 1971 to 1980, and despite it's reputation sold very well.
I'll go even further, I love Pintos, I prefer wagons and would even take a woody version. The Pinto Squire. I have a vague recolection of car shopping with my parents as a youngster, and falling in love with a woody Pinto Squire with this funky plaid interior.
I forget what year these panel versions began to apear, I think it was 76 or 77, but they were sort of cool, with mag wheels and stripes, and even the van style porthole window. this one is a 79 Rallye version, there was also a Cruisin version. Admitedly kind of silly, but what the hell it was the 70's.
The Pinto was the foundation for the Mustang II, which love it or hate it was a great little car for Ford, selling very well also. So a lot of mods for Mustang IIs will work for the Pinto, including installing a V8 engine.
Now my sedan, a 79 didn't even look this good. It was an MPG Pony, bare bones stripper with AM radio and 4 spd manual. But they had Cruisin sedans as well as Stallion and ESS editions, offering different stripe and decal packages. The sedan was fine, but the Wagon has the fold down rear seat and all that room for stuff.
I've looked on E-Bay and other sites over the years, looking for a decent Pinto Wagon, but prices are getting high, and most decent ones are quite a distance away. One of these days though I'd like to pick up one.