Many of us don’t remember much of the mid 70’s but I certainly remember the golden era of US automobiles which included fine cars like the Pacer, Gremlin, Pinto and Vega. What a catchy bunch of names! Amazingly these old classics are becoming really expensive if in good shape which, considering how few are left, isn’t surprising. When is the last time you saw one of these fine cars?

For me it had been years until I stumbled across an old beater Ford Pinto in Seattle last weekend. Look at the second to last photo for a rendition of this beautiful design. In the meantime, a few fun vintage ads.

Open wide and say Pacer Options
Open wide and say Pacer Options

In France the round shape of the automobile was compared with the attractive rear-end shape of a French women! Interesting marketing.

Jean-Charles French Pacer Girl
Jean-Charles French Pacer Girl

Here’s the beater Ford Pinto that I saw in Seattle last weekend. I blurred the license plate to protect the owner.

What’s amazing about this car is it’s survived over 40 years in the Pacific Northwest without blowing up and where cars turn green and vanish. There’s a little body damage and this classic Pinto does have green streaks beginning to appear. Is it time to save this poor example for a restoration?

Beater Ford Pinto
Beater Ford Pinto

This is what it must have looked like in better days.

Ford Pinto with Ford Model A ad
Ford Pinto with Ford Model A ad

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