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?
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
We've been waiting a long time for this…
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.
We've already honored the Ford "Pinto" OHC engine here, but what about the pushrod four that served as the early Pinto's base engine?
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.
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.
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!
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 . . .
Mmmm, toxic junkyard mud!