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

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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.

Illustration for article titled 1972 Ford Pinto At Deaths Door, Still Ignores Your Explosion Jokes

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.

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If you look at the previous article on the DOTS Model T you'll see my dad traded in a a very similar Model T depot hack for a new Pinto back in '72 so this is a very interesting juxtaposition of articles. The Pinto was the "All America" edition, white with red and blue trim and probably the nicest interior that ever came in a Pinto. We kept it for many years and it was the first car I ever drove on the street when I was learning to drive because my dad figured it didn't have enough power to get me in trouble.