Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Is this really a One Owner, Low Mileage Pinto?

Looking over the tips line this past week, this gem showed up. It is a 1972 Pinto Wagon, advertised as a one owner vehicle. The listing also states that this car has only about 19,000 miles on it. Let’s see if we all agree as to how legitimate the ad really is….

The listing states that this is a 1972 Pinto Wagon. Correct; It also states that it is hard to find. Also Correct. As far as the claim as one owner? I doubt it.

It looks like this was once a Pinto Squire, only with the wood-grain decals removed. All that is left is the wood-look trim that surrounded the decals. That tells me that the owner, or subsequent owners, had no love for the wagon in its original form after the decals were either damaged, or faded.

Low cost chrome wheels were substituted for the original steel ones, and it looks rather cheesy for it. A nice set of either standard pinto wheels with and original set of wheel covers, or a set of styled steel wheels of the proper vintage would look 100% better.

With the stated mileage of 19,135, you would think the engine compartment would look better. My guess is that there is 119,135 miles, since odometers reset themselves after 100,000 miles back in the 70s. And what is with the cheesy seat covers?

So, what you have is a car, albeit a semi rare one at that, with no A/C, missing some original trim, being sold for $4,800. Is this particular car worth that amount of money? Let me know what you think. See the listing here.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    Last year Hooniverse featured a pretty clean-looking Pinto Cruising Wagon for $3,500. That model is the only desirable Pinto. The rest are pure beaters and should be priced as such. http://hooniverse.info/2010/04/16/pinto-cruising-w

  2. Charles_Barrett Avatar

    Ooh, a genuine 1970s-era Dearborn Shooting Brake… or is it 'Shooting Break'…?

    1. Van Sarockin Avatar
      Van Sarockin

      Just a bent shoot.

  3. RichardKopf Avatar

    Looks like they're asking $5,800 for it. It was probably was a one owner car, at some point. I say probably until 2011, where someone saw it sitting in someone's driveway. They probably paid $500 for it, did some menial shit to it, and are now trying to make a $5,300 profit.

  4. Aaron Richardson Avatar
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  5. muthalovin Avatar

    No. However, there looks to be nude-colored bra's on the seat covers, so the seller must obviously be getting laid. Still, I would not buy this Pinto at any price.

  6. Guilietta61 Avatar

    The porn is unnecessary and inappropriate on an enthusiast site.

  7. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Needs more slot-mag.
    Just like the earlier Cobra II this wagon keeps haunting my CL searches. Pintos are cool. Wagons are cool. In theory a 4-speed Pinto wagon would be triply cool, and for me this "Firebrake" does take the cake. (If only it were orange…)
    But, triply cool does not mean doubly valuable even for us Pinto fans. There is also no way in hell this has less than 100K, and in my mind even with all this has going for it, it's a $3K car max. At $2,500 I would sell the wife's bedroom furniture and deal with the fallout.
    But 6 grand? Pffft!! Better come with $3k worth of nudie magazines in the back.

  8. topdeadcentre Avatar

    Total crack pipe. I don't want to see the horrors lurking under the carpeting on that dashboard or under the covers on the seats. Worth $100 for the parts if you need something for your Pinto Cruising Wagon.

  9. CptSevere Avatar

    This little turd really makes me nostalgic. I learned to drive in a '74 Pinto wagon, and beat the living hell out of it. However, there's no way I'd pay this kind of money for another one, been there, done that. Fifteen hundred bucks, max for this example.

  10. P. Frere Avatar
    P. Frere

    One owner…at a time.

  11. blueplate Avatar

    Well, the plate confirms it's California '72, at least. Crack at this price, but… if I had a ten car garage and .. the price were lower…