I Began Life In A Ford Pinto And Have Loved Crappy Cars Ever Since

By all rights, I should be dead by now. I spent my first minutes outside of the hospital where I was born in a Ford Pinto. In those crucial moments of life, I undoubtedly inhaled formaldehyde fumes as other cars whizzed past the Pinto's explosive rear bumper. » 12/07/12 2:00pm 12/07/12 2:00pm

Feds Now Investigating 5.1 Million Jeeps For Pinto-Like Fire Risk

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upped the ante on its investigation of fuel tank related fires on 5.1 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees. They've gone from preliminary investigation to engineering analysis — their version of going from threat level yellow to orange — and widened the probe to … » 6/14/12 2:00pm 6/14/12 2:00pm

Top Gear USA Hosts Tempt Death By Corvair, Pinto And Samurai

Here's a a pair of exclusive photos from the set of next Tuesday's apple pie-flavored Top Gear on History, which reveal the boys will attempt to drive three infamous "dangerous cars" to the death: a Corvair, a Pinto, and a Samurai. Our money's on the Corvair. » 2/24/12 10:30am 2/24/12 10:30am

Pinto-Engined Baja Bug Couldn't Hide In The Desert Forever

If you were into hot-rodded Beetles during the Late Malaise Era, as I most certainly was, you probably remember the small-print ads for the "Pinto Beans" adapter kit from the back pages of your favorite VW magazines. » 4/25/10 5:00pm 4/25/10 5:00pm

KV Mini, Towed 1,000 Miles Behind MGB, Takes Worst Of Show At Concours …

We couldn't cover the first-ever Concours d'LeMons in Monterey last weekend, because Jalopnik's entire West Coast Bureau (me) was busy covering some dumb race in Merle Haggard country. No problem, though- we've got photos aplenty! » 8/22/09 4:00pm 8/22/09 4:00pm