The Ford Pinto was Ford Motor Company's first domestic North American subcompact automobile.
Marketed beginning on September 11, 1970, it competed with the AMC Gremlin and Chevrolet Vega, along with imports from makes including Volkswagen, Datsun and Toyota.
Offered as a coupe, wagon, and Runabout hatchback, the Pinto was popular in sales, with 100,000 units delivered by January 1971 alone.
Its reputation suffered over time, however, especially from a controversy surrounding the safety of its gas tank.
A rebadged Lincoln-Mercury version, the Bobcat, debuted in 1974 as a Canadian-market model, and in March 1975 began selling in the U.S., also.
(The Pinto Special and Bobcat Special would remain exclusive to Canada into the new model year.)
The Pinto’s 10-year production run outlasted the Vega through the 1980 model year, when 68179 were built.
It and the smaller Ford Fiesta were replaced by the front-wheel-drive Ford Escort.
Pinto Street Rod
Showy Ford Mean Green Machine, Original year: 1977.
Customizing sub-compacts is a special kind of challenge...
Another one from an earlier build time, finally done.
Just small changes, the front is lowered, the front wheels are turned originals, the rear wheels are front wheels from a formula1 kit in 1/20, the motor is wired, the gear shift is a pin, and some color experiments...
Hope, you like it.