1973 Pinto Wagon Makes a Most Optimal LeMons Car

1973 Ford Pinto for saleInternet Car Experts® love to gripe about how it’s impossible to find a remotely competent car for LeMons-legal pricing. To this we reply: Competence is significantly overrated and you just need to look harder. We’re not saying it’s easy; heck, even Hitler had a hard time searching (here’s some context on that)), but every once and a while a proper “just want it gone” special shows up. It’s even better when said “just want it gone” special checks all the boxes limiting the buyer population (and thus, value): green, Pinto, Wagon, manual, no motor, no title, last registered in 1982.

Most of those work in our favor: Pintos are light and can be made to handle. Even if that tranny’s toast, you’ve got a 3 pedals and some linkages to work with. Having no motor is hardly an issue, as you could pick one up here, here or here. While you’re at it, pick up a whole nearly-identical spare car. Scrap prices are lousy, so there’s no imminent threat of it going to The Great Refrigerator Factory in The Sky (aka Guangzhou) in a hurry, so why not show up with a trailer, tow vehicle and $100 and see what happens? Hell, I get the feeling they wouldn’t even be all that sad if you stole it in the middle of the night.

1973 Ford Pinto Wagon for sale – SF Bay Craigslist

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4 responses to “1973 Pinto Wagon Makes a Most Optimal LeMons Car”

  1. Guest Avatar

    Why doesn’t Hooniverse buy it, call it “Refired Beans” or something like that?

    Just think of it beside the Los Huevos Rancheros!

    1. mad_science Avatar

      If I had a trailer and a little more space, I’d already be in possession of it.
      Remember, Hooniverse started as my outlet of “man, I really should/shouldn’t buy this” finds.

  2. I_Borgward Avatar

    “green, Pinto, Wagon, manual”
    You say that like it’s a bad thing. Well, the “green, wagon, manual” part, anyway.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      The only part of that list that gives me even a moment’s pause is “no motor.” I haven’t always let that stop me, though.