Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Fastback Fridays. There is nothing fast about the two cars in this posting, but they are two neat little cars that are probably worth nothing close to their asking prices, but does that make them bad? Take a look, and apart from the price, are they even remotely lustworthy?
The Pinto was Ford’s answer to a new wave of imports when it was introduced in the Autumn of 1970. Just like the Chevrolet Vega, only 2-door body styles were offered, which was a distinct disadvantage when the Japanese Manufacturers were starting to offer 4-Door sedans. But are 2-door, RWD economy cars collectible? Let’s start with this very low mileage Pinto, offered by the San Diego Collection. It looks like a base pinto, with a 4-speed stick, and no A/C.
According to the listing:
1978 Pinto 10,000 Original Miles Mint Condition 1 repaint Like new interior 4 cyl 4 speed Green with Green interior
Asking price for this Pinto is $12,500. See the Auto Trader listing here.
How about a Mercury version of the Pinto, which the boys from LM called Bobcat. It was a very convenient name, and tied in well with the companion Cougar. As with most of the Mercury brand during this time period, it was really nothing more than a fancy Ford, with better trim, and not a whole lot more.
According to the Auto Trader listing:
1983 Bobcat hatchback. Only 38,000 actual documented miles. All original in excellent condition throughout. Gorgeous original red finish, perfect red interior, cold air conditioning power brakes, AM/FM. This beauty needs nothing.
Asking price for this Pinto in drag? $4,950. See the listing here.
OK Hoons, I have to ask this question: Would you ever want to own a Malaise Era subcompact from Ford or GM? They can be made to perform with a simple engine transplant, or you could get one to cruise around in as a cheap way to get into the car hobby. I’m sure you will all have opinions, so express them here.