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Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: Restored 1973 Pinto Squire Wagon For Nearly 20 Grand?

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Nice Price Or No DiceIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

It's time for Nice Price Or Crack Pipe once again, where the readers decide whether a car's seller has anything close to a grip on reality when it comes to asking price. Last time we were here, the $7,900 Chrysler Cordoba got a Nice Price thumbs-up from 48% of voters; not a majority, but the closest we've seen yet.

Old guys like me, who suffered through a childhood of Pinto passengerhood followed by teenage years of beater Pintos clogging up the roads (now I'm having a PTSD flashback of being a helpless passenger in a Pinto driven by a very dramatic high-school girlfriend who yanked the parking brake at 80 MPH on the Nimitz Freeway- in the rain- so that the resulting loop-de-loop spinout- miraculously missing other vehicles and the guardrails and ending safely on the shoulder- would teach me a lesson about… well, I forget, so it wasn't as effective a move as she'd hoped) might rejoice that damn near every one of the things has been crushed by now, but maybe the Pinto was just ahead of its time! This example is just about the nicest Pinto you could possibly imagine: a 66K-mile Squire wagon that's been completely restored. You might laugh at the $19,500 Buy It Now, but it's already been bid up well into five figures. Thanks to Mobilene for the tip! [ebay Motors]


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It's been a long time since I saw so much orange vinyl in one place, and that last time was also inside a Pinto. Let it stay there.

I could go as high as $7500 on a Pinto as lovingly kept as this. As Pintos go it looks damned good, and if you're one of the unfortunate many to live in a state with mandatory emissions checks, this thing is grandfathered into smoggy immunity from any such shenanigans. But nearly 20 grand? For a Pinto? I know the dollar has lost value since this little cherry rolled off the line, but the seller assumes my brain has, too. I might be crazy, but I'm not a fool.

For $19+K it had better have a couple of kilos of marijuana stuffed in it somewhere, or a season pass to the Cottontail Ranch, or something similar.