Showdown: Sub-$1000 Oddities – Pintochero or Matador Coupe?


Last week’s dubious SVO gave the equally dubious Trans Am Turbo a shameless drubbing in the voting. However, today’s contenders are 1/10th the price, and offer style and utility (but not both!).


The Matador Coupe may have been the fever-dream of AMC stylist Bob Nixon, conceived during a period where “automotive styling” was primarily an oxymoron, but for the low low price of $500 you can have a couple of tons of AMC’s finest. Even though the motor needs some work and it’s brown (“yes brown thats the way it came in 76!!”), all of your roller derby friends will love it! Hood pins are a plus. (Also check out Ate Up With Motor’s excellent Matador article!)

You know what the Matador won’t do? Carry a sheet of plywood or drywall around. Unfortunately, this little sawzall special probably won’t be able to either, but at least you won’t be out a ton of cash. You will also have to steel yourself for the lack of such truck essentials as a tailgate or a divider between the cabin and the bed. Minor details! The real story here is that for $600 you can have the only Pintochero on the block.
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  1. Seth L Avatar

    The Matador, easily. I'd drive (or be pushed, more likely) around quoting the end of "Failsafe" Though full disclosure, I heart AMC's as a rule.
    The pintochero just isn't unique enough.

  2. Tanshanomi Avatar

    The Matador Coupe was the pinnacle of…um, er, something that doesn't have a name because only the Matador Coupe has it.
    But whatever it is, it is very, very good.

  3. FreeMan Avatar
    FreeMan

    Will the Pintochero be safer in a rear end collision since the fireball won't be contained inside the body work?

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    100% for the brown on brown poopfest Matador Coupe. Whats not to love?

  5. dmdukejr Avatar
    dmdukejr

    I never noticed how much the Matador looks like a bullet-era T-Bird from the front. Slam it on some bigger wheels and I'd drive it.

  6. UDman Avatar

    El Matador, and make a LeMons Racer. Go Matador Go, and it has a built in theme. Just attach a red cape on the rear, and a set of horns on the front, and don't forget the over-sized cap for the roof!

    1. dr zero Avatar

      Or as Turbobrick mentioned above, you could go for a (Man With the Golden Gun) Scaramanga theme. With wings!

  7. P161911 Avatar

    I'll take a flying AMC Matador over the bomb of a Pinto any day.
    <img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_tFk9wtrDGZo/SSIzEpcwU3I/AAAAAAAABqI/CVeAij6eLWo/s1600-h/8.jpg"&gt;

  8. Black Steelies Avatar

    The Pinto looks like the next perfect contender for Dave's Farm. The Matador must be saved! Those frame-less windows are the classiest thing about the car.

  9. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    I can't help but think that maybe the fix is in on this one. The Matador is so easily the winner, it's almost as if there were no contender at all. I say drop in a LS1/6M, rip the vinyl from the roof, and paint it matte silver.
    The person that Sawzalled the roof from a not so easily found Pinto wagon should probably be kicked solidly right between the legs.

    1. skitter Avatar

      I wondered if anyone would have actually voted for the Pinto by the time I got home.
      If it was actually closed in at the back, it might get a little love from the hoons, but as is it's junk.

  10. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    "Which cheap strange car would you rather be embarrassed to be seen in?"
    I wouldn't be embarrassed at all to be seen in the Matador…. is this a trick question? That thing is AWESOME!

  11. BrianTheHoon Avatar

    I'm seriously wondering whether the price in the Matador ad is a mistake. That is a really good deal and the resto work is "75-80% done."

    1. BGW Avatar

      The devil is in the details, and 20-25% is room enough for a whole lotta details.
      I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

  12. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    OK, 8:49pm EST, and there has been one joker out there who voted for the Pinto!
    Show yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. CptSevere Avatar

    Alright, I voted for the damn Pinto. I've ridden in something like this. Long ago, some ski bum stoner buddies of mine in SLC did this to a Pinto Hatchback, and hooned all over the West one summer. They got it legal before they raped it and painted rude shit all over it. It was an ugly little beast, they called it the Numbedskullmobile. The kept a cassette tape recorder on hand and recorded the cops every time they got pulled over, which the cops hated, but the car was insured, plated and legal and they were careful not to appear too buzzed, so they got away with it. They tape was funny as hell. The cops finally towed it when they busted a kegger at the dump of a house where the Numbed Skulls lived, the Pinto was parked on the parking strip between the sidewalk and the street. Dicks. Baldy and Crazy George never bothered to bail the car out, it was never seen again. Man, it was fun to ride around in that abortion and look at people's reactions.

  14. Seth L Avatar

    The Matador, easily. I'd drive (or be pushed, more likely) around quoting the end of "Failsafe" Though full disclosure, I heart AMC's as a rule.
    The pintochero just isn't unique enough.

  15. TurboBrick Avatar

    Matador with hood pins and all? Well sign me up and call me Scaramanga!

    1. dr zero Avatar

      We'd need to check for a superfluous third nipple before we can call you Scaramanga.

      1. TurboBrick Avatar

        Certainly. Before we do that, could you do me a favor hand hand me my pen and cigarette lighter, please?

  16. dustin_driver Avatar

    The Matador needs to be sponsored by UPS. That is all.

    1. BrianTheHoon Avatar

      YES! I haven't worked this out in my head yet but I think the theme needs to work in both UPS and Hit Man angles. Tagline could be something like, "Who can Brown kill for you?"

  17. Straight6er Avatar

    The Matador. Easily. As much as I love anything camino-chero- etc. that matador's body alone is a steal at double the price.

  18. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Definitely the Matador – I've always liked 'em because of their ugliness, and I wouldn't pay $600 for a 'truck' with no divider or rear window.

  19. joshuman Avatar

    I vote Matador. It is brown and has hood pins.

  20. RacinG73 Avatar

    That Matador is a fine-lookin' turdmobile.

  21. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    75% Pinto is better than all Pinto. But not even no Pinto could be better than 100% Matador.

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