As I’m sure you’ve noticed, this is the third Pinto we’ve featured recently. Sometimes cars just appear in runs–I’ve got theories why–perhaps seeing a car for sale similar to one they have at home stimulates someone to proceed with the sale. I could also argue both that the decision could reduce OR increase the realized price of all of them (I love debates!), but I digress. In any case, this orange hatchback may be the nicest one I’ve seen for a while, especially at a buy it now price of only $1,500! It’s for sale here on eBay and is located in Conroe, Texas.
Moving over to this side of the car, we see some door fit issues and a ding in the rocker panel, but nothing horrible and no rust that I can see. The orange was a factory color (code 5T, Bright Caramel) and the period aftermarket wheels look great to me. Yes, the 1980 (by the way, that’s the last year for the Pinto) bumpers are huge but at least they were effective. Also, by this point the gas filler impact issue had been “fixed” by Ford.
The 1980’s also sported this Tempo-like update to the front end. Not entirely successful in my opinion, but it wouldn’t stop me clicking buy it now on this one if it were geographically closer to me. My late first wife came into our marriage with a glass-backed 1978 that was one of the most reliable and useful cars I’ve ever been around–both she and it hauled a lot of MG and Triumph parts from the junkyard for me!
I don’t think the front seats in this split screen picture came from a Pinto, but they look just fine to me, and are probably a little more aggressive than the original buckets. If you look closely, you’ll also spy a four speed manual shifter and air conditioning controls!
The 2.3 liter OHC four cylinder looks just as I remember it from my time under the hood of Cheri’s car, apart from the air conditioning equipment that her’s didn’t have. The engine never failed us in well over 130,000 miles of labor, and this one only has 95,863 showing at the moment. I seriously wish it were me putting on the 95,864th mile–but I’m interested in what you think!