Ford Pinto First Year
What made this news so special was that california was one of the hottest markets for imports yet pinto was winning customers there at an unprecedented rate.
Ford pinto first year. The small and economical pinto which debuted in 1970 was ford s first subcompact car produced domestically and its answer to popular imports like the volkswagen beetle and the toyota corolla. From the 1971 model year to 1980 pintos left assembly lines as everything from four cylinder runabouts to v6 powered custom wagons and more or less sold like crazy. With the new nhtsa crash testing rules delayed until the 1977 model year ford made the decision to produce the pinto as designed. The ford pinto used the ohc version a 2 3 l 2 301 cc unit introduced in 1974 which has a 96 04 mm 3 78 in bore and 79 4 mm 3 13 in stroke.
1980 ford pinto oi 00510 a project car is rust free and is in good condition huge engine compartment an assortment of aluminum wheels 13 and 15 fiberglass hood and fiberglass teardrop. The author s own 1972 ford pinto at second creek raceway in colorado in 1991. Ford planned for 100 000 first year sales but dealers sold 22 000 on the first day. See all 41 photos.
The rebadged lincoln mercury version the mercury bobcat debuted in canada in 1974 and subsequently in the u s. Initially 11 carefully coordinated crashes were conducted and in all but three of them gas tanks ruptured and often burst into flames. The ford pinto is a subcompact car that was manufactured and marketed by ford motor company in north america sold from the 1971 to the 1980 model years. The smallest american ford vehicle since 1907 the pinto was the first subcompact vehicle produced by ford in north america.
The earliest units produced 66 kw 89 hp and 160 n m 118 lb ft. By january 1971 california dealers were reporting sales of ford s new subcompact equal to 17 8 percent of all import sales. To create more interior room the pinto used a steel fuel tank located behind the rear axle and in front of the bumper. The ford mustang launched a whole new genre of automobiles known as pony cars.
Records indicated that ford had first conducted rear end collision tests on the pinto in december 1970 months after it was already in production.
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