The Ford Pinto was marketed as the ultimate economy car during its production run in the 1970s. As such, they were often used as daily drivers – that is, to say, their owners drove them until they dropped, and not many have survived to the modern era. However, examples do surface here and there, such as this unrestored 1978 Pinto, and this 1979 model year Pinto with a flashy paint scheme. Now, there’s another 1979 Ford Pinto in great condition currently up for sale on Bring A Trailer.
This 1979 Ford Pinto wagon is propelled by a naturally aspirated 2.3L I4 engine with 88 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, bolted to a four-speed manual transmission for rear-wheel-drive. It features disc brakes up front and rolls on a set of 13-inch steel wheels wrapped in Gremax Capturar CF18 tires that were installed by the selling dealer. Since it’s a wagon, it’s outfitted with rack and pinion steering and a front stabilizer bar.
Finished in a bright white, this Ford Pinto wagon has bright badging and window moldings to match. It also has a left side mirror mounted on the driver’s side door, polished exhaust tips, pop-out rear quarter windows and bright bumpers.
The white exterior is paired with blue upholstery inside, which is in exceptional condition considering its age. Its color coordinated dashboard and door panels complete the look, while an AM radio exists inside, along with handy fold-down rear seats. It also features a two-spoke steering wheel and a speedometer that reads up to 85 mph. The odometer reads 53,000 miles.
In its life, this Ford Pinto has had its clutch replaced, along with the pressure plate and throw-out bearing. The seller notes that there are imperfections in the finish, along with visible rust on underbody components. As of this writing, the high bid is $1,300, and the auction will conclude on July 14th, 2023.