Friday, January 4, 2013

From The Days of Disco: 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon with Vintage Paint Scheme

One may not think of the Ford Pinto as a collector car, but the wagons had a better solution to fuel tank placement and were no worse than their rivals. The Cruising Wagon was a rare variant on the Pinto wagon that was offered as a smaller alternative to the custom vans that were popular in the 1970s, and while it was not exactly popular, it remains an interesting piece of 1970s automotive history, and ones in this nice of condition are scarce. The car needs some mechanical attention, front carpeting, an appropriate 70s AM/FM/8-track stereo system (check eBay before buying from a junkyard) and front door panels, but the remainder of the car looks great. The 2800cc Cologne V6 and automatic transmission are a great combination, hop-up parts are still out there, but may be easiest to find through a Capri specialist in the US or the UK.

The price may be all the money for a Pinto, and between the 1976 model year and nearly $500 in back registration due in California, where the car is located, it is not ideal for Golden Staters. But if you live in one of the other 49 states or in another country, can do your own mechanical and interior work, don't mind salvage titles and like this type of car, it will be a great project and you will not see others like it.

Find it here for $5000 in Marysville, California(or go here if ad disappears)

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