1973 Pinto Wagon Makes a Most Optimal LeMons Car

1973 Ford Pinto for saleInternet Car Experts® love to gripe about how it’s impossible to find a remotely competent car for LeMons-legal pricing. To this we reply: Competence is significantly overrated and you just need to look harder. We’re not saying it’s easy; heck, even Hitler had a hard time searching (here’s some context on that)), but every once and a while a proper “just want it gone” special shows up. It’s even better when said “just want it gone” special checks all the boxes limiting the buyer population (and thus, value): green, Pinto, Wagon, manual, no motor, no title, last registered in 1982.

Most of those work in our favor: Pintos are light and can be made to handle. Even if that tranny’s toast, you’ve got a 3 pedals and some linkages to work with. Having no motor is hardly an issue, as you could pick one up here, here or here. While you’re at it, pick up a whole nearly-identical spare car. Scrap prices are lousy, so there’s no imminent threat of it going to The Great Refrigerator Factory in The Sky (aka Guangzhou) in a hurry, so why not show up with a trailer, tow vehicle and $100 and see what happens? Hell, I get the feeling they wouldn’t even be all that sad if you stole it in the middle of the night.

1973 Ford Pinto Wagon for sale – SF Bay Craigslist

4 Comments

  1. Why doesn’t Hooniverse buy it, call it “Refired Beans” or something like that?

    Just think of it beside the Los Huevos Rancheros!

    1. If I had a trailer and a little more space, I’d already be in possession of it.
      Remember, Hooniverse started as my outlet of “man, I really should/shouldn’t buy this” finds.

  2. “green, Pinto, Wagon, manual”
    You say that like it’s a bad thing. Well, the “green, wagon, manual” part, anyway.

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