For $2,000, Bajallelujah

Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe VW is nicknamed the Thunderbug. That’s due to its turbo T-bird motor, and not because of any sort of bowel reaction it induces. At two grand do you think it will sell as fast as lightning? » 8/12/13 8:00am 8/12/13 8:00am

The V8 Pintochero Will Haunt Your Dreams

Have you ever wanted a Pinto, but felt like they might be too safe? Too slow? Too unable to fill the back up with the most glorious redneck hot tub ever? Well, have I found the car for you! » 7/24/13 12:20pm 7/24/13 12:20pm

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

How Was Anyone Driving This Ridiculously Unsafe Car On The Highway?

When you think about automotive safety the occasionally explosive Ford Pinto is hardly the first vehicle that comes to mind. Having said that, a stock Pinto in decent condition would be infinitely safer than the destroyed Ford seen here. » 7/07/12 11:00am 7/07/12 11:00am

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… » 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

For $7,500, domo arigato, Mr. Cobrato

Cars that live long, unmolested lives are considered survivors. Some survive as icons of past glories, while others serve as cautionary tales of historical malfeasance. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Cobra II is a survivor, but will its price survive your scrutiny? » 3/31/11 8:00am 3/31/11 8:00am

Why the Ford Pinto didn't suck

The Ford Pinto was born a low-rent, stumpy thing in Dearborn 40 years ago and grew to become one of the most infamous cars in history. The thing is that it didn't actually suck. Really. » 3/28/11 2:00pm 3/28/11 2:00pm

For $9,500, How Gigolo Can You Go?

Not many may remember Al Pacino's gay murder mystery, Cruising, but needless to say, Pacino gets his man in the end. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Pinto Cruising Wagon may be more memorable than that, but is its price? » 12/27/10 8:00am 12/27/10 8:00am

1990: The Great Pinto Extinction Proceeds

Back when I was more serious about photography (i.e., when I thought it was cool to huff Dektol fumes in a darkened closet), I would reload disposable 35mm cameras with Tri-X 400 black-and-white film and shoot images like this. » 8/21/10 3:00pm 8/21/10 3:00pm

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

1972 Ford Pinto At Death's Door, Still Ignores Your Explosion Jokes

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. » 1/24/10 11:00am 1/24/10 11:00am

Homemade Tilting Electric Car Built For $500

The homemade Balanced-Over-Batteries car works like a skateboard tilting its chassis when it steers. The electric car's batteries are slung underneath the cockpit as counterweights and the whole thing leans 45 degrees. Oh, and it was built for only $500. » 8/24/09 10:40am 8/24/09 10:40am

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

See, Not All Pintos Blew Up!

In general, cars at the high-turnover self-service junkyards tend to be 15 to 20 years old, but some types of cars disappeared from junkyards long before their time. The Pinto was such a car. » 8/01/09 10:00am 8/01/09 10:00am

American Cars: Photographs By Kevin Gray

Today we're showing the work of a Los Angeles-based pro photographer who heads down on the street to find his subjects: battle-scarred American cars in their natural habitat! » 7/05/09 12:00pm 7/05/09 12:00pm

Flesh-Colored 1978 Pinto for a Stiff $2,999!

Nice Price or Crack Pipe wants you to take the long way home in a questionably-hued Pinto with only 40,000 miles — mostly spent mostly pulling into the garage, and then out again, in and out . . . » 6/26/09 8:30am 6/26/09 8:30am