The Ford Pinto was a subcompact car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market and was first introduced in 1971. Fabrication continued through the 1980 model year. Its legacy is best remembered for its safety problems, which were numerous. Like many Ford cars, it had a “twin” which in the case of the Pinto was the Mercury Bobcat. This sister vehicle was introduced in Canada in 1974 and then in the United States for 1975. The Pinto, part of a new American subcompact car class, was introduced in the same time period as the Chevrolet Vega and the AMC Gremlin. Although the previously introduced Ford Maverick was initially compared with the Volkswagen Beetle, it was still designed around a V6 or V8 motor, with an interior featuring two bench seats.The Pinto on the other hand was aimed squarely at small 4 cylinder imports such as the Beetle and the Toyota Corolla.
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The Pinto was the most successful of the U.S. designs although the Vega and sometimes even the Gremlin would win higher magazine ratings. This really did not seem to bother Ford given that the Pinto was selling. It was also the starting point for the downsized Mustang II pony car. Because of the Pinto’s success, they were built all around North America, including St. Thomas, Ontario, Edison, New Jersey, and in California. Compared with other imports, seating in the Pinto was very low to the floor. Styling somewhat resembled the larger Ford Maverick in grille and tail light themes, but had a smooth fastback profile. Available body styles included a two-door coupe with a conventional trunk, a three-door hatchback called the Runabout, a two-door station wagon and the Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon. The Wagon was produced from 1977 to 1980 and styled to resemble a small conversion van complete with a round “bubble window” in the side panels. Try getting a vehicle shipping quote for the Ford Pinto right here using our first of a kind auto transport price calculator.<< Back to Vehicle Index