The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 June 2007

Beater resurgent

Every month Automobile magazine reports on an auto auction, and I am somehow delighted to see some love for a car generally regarded as unlovable: at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach this spring, a '76 Ford Pinto (!) brought $12,650. And it wasn't a limited-edition sports model, either: it was a standard three-door hatchback (Ford preferred to call it a "coupe") with the base 2.3-liter four-banger and a three-speed automatic and barely 7000 miles on the clock. "This was one of the most talked-about cars of the entire weekend," reports Automobile's Dave Kinney; maybe they were talking about the gas tank. Then again, Pintos, being small, light rear-drivers, make pretty decent vintage racers, though I can't imagine someone turning an almost-new car into a racer when there are plenty of old boilers out there which would require little more work and cost lots less money.

Still: twelve thousand dollars. For a Ford Pinto. Adjusted for inflation, this is right about what it sold for in 1976.

Posted at 1:45 PM to Driver's Seat