The Ford Pinto was once one of the most common cars on America's roads, which seems impossible to believe nowadays; you'll probably find 50 times as many streetworthy '72 Beetles or '72 Datsun 510s as Pintos today.

Here's a Pinto that beat the odds and avoided expensive problems for nearly 40 years… or maybe it languished, forgotten, under a tarp in a back yard since Gerald Ford was president, prior to its final tow-truck ride. The Ford OHC engine and manual transmission are still in the car, so perhaps those parts will live on in a Ranger or Fox Mustang.